About this object

Helmet of quilted silk over mail. The silk cover is of royal blue, with chevrons of yellow, red, green, white and blue decorating the cap and the bottom edge. Three flaps hang to the side and back, these also in royal blue edged with white. The interior is covered with red cloth.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Weapon
  • Culture
    Bhutanese
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Asia: Southern Asia: Bhutan
  • Date made
    19th Century Late
  • Materials
    Textile Silk; Alloy Copper; Gilt Metal; Silver; Textile
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, World Cultures
  • Acquisition
    From the Collection of Sir Charles Bell
  • Collector
    Charles Alfred Bell
  • Place collected
    Not recorded
  • Date collected
    1910 about
  • Measurements
    420 mm; 16 9/16 in
  • Note
    Curator's note: Helmets like these were worn by members of the Paro Penlop’s bodyguard. In January 1910, Bell negotiated a treaty with Bhutan, which secured British influence over Bhutan’s foreign policy, but without interference in Bhutan's internal affairs. It is likely he was given the helmet at this time, although the helmet is not recorded in the List of Curios, unlike other gifts from the Maharaja of Bhutan made during this mission. There is always the possibility that the helmet was given to Bell during a trip to Kalimpong and Bhutanese House, during visits to see the Bhutanese Agent.

    Written by Emma Martin
  • Related people
    Charles Alfred Bell (Collector)

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Publications

  • Tibet: Catalogue of Exhibits

    Tankard, Elaine

    Author: Tankard, Elaine
    Publisher: Liverpool Public Museums
    Date: 1953-03
    Description: Introductory essay and catalogue entries, in themes, for the 1953 exhibition; 'Tibet', held at the Walker Art Gallery.

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