Description: A good quality silk offering scarf or khata. Ivory in colour with circular repeat patterns of clouds and dharma wheels over the main body of the scarf, with a faint, narrow border of repeating swastika pattern.
Place collected: Not recorded
Date collected: 1900 - 1945
Measurements: Overall: 500 mm x 1290 mm; x 19 11/16 in x 50 13/16 in
Note: Curator's note: Not listed in the List of Curios. Khata are given as offerings and as a symbol of greeting. They are ubiquitous in Tibetan culture. The British Indian government received hundreds, if not thousands, of these scarves as gifts or as wrappings for letters or small presents during the Anglo-Tibetan encounter of the early 20th century. There is also a possibility that these two khata (also 50.31.117) were attached to the cham dance costume (50.31.84 and 94-95) in Bell's collection.
Written by Emma Martin