About this object

Chinese spectacle case (mik-she-shup) with red silk strings and tassles, small glass bead on tassle. Case made of cardboard and covered with chinese silk thread embroidery, including a symbol of good fortune on part of case. Steel framed folding sunglasses, with darkened lenses on a cord fit inside.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Personal Object
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Asia: Eastern Asia: China
  • Date made
    Early 20th Century
  • Materials
    Yarn Silk; Bead; Glass; Steel; Paper Cardboard
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, World Cultures
  • Acquisition
    From the Collection of Sir Charles Bell
  • Collector
    Charles Alfred Bell
  • Place collected
    Asia: Southern Asia: India: Sikkim: Gangtok
  • Date collected
    1st February 1913
  • Measurements
    63 mm x 155 mm; x 2 1/2 in x 6 1/8 in
  • Note
    List of Curios No 171:
    Per K. Palhese on 1st February 1913 given me by Kusha [Kusho or Sir] Lungshar, guardian of the Tibetan boys going to England, on his arrival from Lhasa, on 31st January 1913. Chinese spectacle case (mik-she shup).

    Curator's note: Kusho Lungshar was an interesting character in early 20th century Tibetan politics. Having travelled with the four boys to England (along with his beautiful wife), he causes the British great concern by trying to establish contact with the Chinese and other European agencies. On his return to Tibet, he rises through the ranks and is a Tsipon by the time Bell visits in 1921. Lungshar, interested in gaining power within the Tibetan government, builds a circle of like minded individuals around him, but his push for power is seen to be a conspiracy against the interim government following the death of the Dalai Lama in 1933. He is arrested and punished with the removal of his eyeballs.

    Written by Emma Martin
  • Related people
    Charles Alfred Bell (Collector); Dorje Tsegyal Lungshar (gifted by); Palhese (described by)

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  • List of Curios

    Bell, Charles Alfred

    Author: Bell, Charles Alfred
    Description: A typed object catalogue from Bell's handwritten notes on a wide variety of objects from his personal collection. This information often contains, the date he obtained an object, its provenance (including where and who he acquired from) and the person responsible for giving him the information. The process of writing the inventory began in December 1912 and continued until the late 1930s.

  • 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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