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19th Century Tibetan Flint Striker



Most adult Tibetan men carried pouches like this one to carry their flint and tinder. They used these stones to start fires for their evening meals or light their pipes. The bottom of the pouch has a silver plate that was used to strike the flint. Flint pouches typically utilitarian objects but this one, clasped in finely cast silver, is unusually elegant and was likely to have been owned by a wealthy Tibetan man.


  • Dimensions
    Height: 5.5 in. (13.97 cm)Width: 4.5 in. (11.43 cm)Depth: 1.75 in. (4.45 cm)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1850
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    Chicago, IL
  • Reference Number
    Seller: CMKH0371stDibs: LU820015675041

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    to Continental US, arrives in 3-8 days.
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    Ships From: Chicago, IL
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    A return for this item may be initiated within 3 days of delivery.

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Located in Chicago, IL

PAGODA RED is a renowned resource for designers as well as collectors of contemporary and ancient Chinese, Korean and Japanese art. They offer a curated edit of fine and provincial furniture, ceramics, scholars' objects, and paintings and textiles, each piece historically and geographically authentic.

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