Brass Buddha

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The Museum of Liverpool will re-open in late February 2017.

bronze statue of a cross-legged seated figure

Brass Buddha taken from King Thibaw's palace in Mandalay, Burma in 1886

Find out about the darker side of Liverpool's support for the British Empire through incredible objects like this Buddha.

When Britain invaded Burma in the 19th century, soldiers from the King's (Liverpool) Regiment looted the Buddha from King Thibaw's palace in Mandalay. Soldiers often took 'loot' as a reward for their actions and the Buddha was badly damaged.

Find out more about Liverpool's Asian connections at World Museum.

Accession number 58.83.539a