Table Cover

Description: Silk square with embroidered image of a crane in french knots, surrounded by couched gold thread embroidery. The crane flies over a rolling sea that contains the Eight Auspicious Symbols of Buddhism, also in french knots. This central embroidery is similar to Chinese civil official rank badges (the embroidery is in fact two halves sewn together). Surrounding the embroidery is an inner red, central yellow and outer blue brocade border. The piece is backed with red cotton.

Place collected: Asia: Southern Asia: India: West Bengal: Kalimpong
Date collected: 1912-06-18
Measurements: Overall: 660 mm x 690 mm; 26 in x 27 3/16 in
Type: Religion; Household Objects; Textile/Clothing

Note: List of Curios No: 95 Described by 13th Dalai Lama and Lame Khenpo Teng-kep, a cloth with coloured squares. Used as a tablecloth. Sacred objects are also put on it when carried in the hand. Curator's note: This was one of several gifts given to Bell by the 13th Dalai Lama on 18 June 1912 in Kalimpong, at a farewell interview, just before the 13th Dalai Lama and his entourage left on their return journey home to Tibet. Lame Khenpo was the Chief Physician to the Dalai Lama and would later become the Lord Chamberlain. He can be seen standing behind Charles Bell and the Dalai Lama in the Hastings House group photograph (50.31.133). Written by Emma Martin
Accession no: 50.31.90
Other number(s): CB88 [Collector Number]

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