Flint pouch, meecha
Leather, iron, brass, coral bead and silver.
5 1/2 in. across 3 3/4 in. top to bottom edge, leather strap 17 ½ inches.
Good. Older piece but intact in good condition.
This handsome utilitarian object is a traditional component of a Tibetan man’s costume. It’s Tibetan name meecha translates to “fire stone” and that is exactly what it is, a flint pouch and striker. When traveling in the remote Himalayas and Tibetan plateau survival depended on the ability to produce a fire for the making of yak butter tea and warmth. The elegance design contributes to its aesthetic appeal.
Coin silver and brass decorate both front and back. The red bead center is red coral leather is stiff for not being used but is in good condition inside and out. CIRA earily-20th Century.