The llth Dalai Lama, Khedrup Gyatso (1838-56), was enthroned at age seventeen in the spring of 1855, and died only eleven months later. The inscription on the base is the trilingual title bearing seal of the Dalai Lama. It was first granted in 1653 to the 5th Dalai Lama by the Qing Emperor and also used by succeeding Dalai Lamas, the original gold seal being preserved in Norbulingka, cf. Greenland Books Co. (publ.), A Well-Selected Collection of Tibetan Cultural Relics, 1998, cat. no. 28. Compare a jade pebble-form box and cover presented to the 8th Dalai Lama, sold at Christie's New York, 17 September 1999, lot 104.