Description: Black hat dancer's apron of dark blue broadcloth with an appliquéd design of a dharmapala mask with a border of faces, skulls and thunderbolts, the lower edge fringed.
Place collected: Asia: Central Asia: Tibet [China]: Ü-Tsang: Gyantse
Date collected: 1913-07-28
Measurements: Overall: 815 mm x 710 mm; 32 1/16 in x 27 15/16 in
Type: Religion; Textile/Clothing
Note: List of Curios No 264:
A suit and hat worn by "Black Hat" (Ngak-pa) Lamas. These Lamas have among other powers that of preventing hail and sometimes of bringing rain. This dress and hat came from the Potala and were presented to me by the Tibetan Government (Per Lonchen Shatra on 28th July 1913.
Curator's note: This group of textiles was given to Bell during his annual inspection tour of southern Tibet. He was staying in Gyantse and the Khambu valley during this period and records having 'three lengthy conversations with the Prime Minister on the political position in Tibet ' on or around the date these pieces were given.
Monks wear aprons like these when performing the religious or meditational dances known as cham, on festival days. Appliqué is the characteristic needlework of Tibet and is traditionally stitched by men.
Written by Emma Martin
T06107 [Photography Number];
N2000.0401 [Photography Number];
N1990.0128 [Photography Number];
N1990.0030 [Photography Number]