About this object

A good quality silk offering scarf or khata. Ivory in colour with circular repeat patterns of clouds and dharma wheels over the main body of the scarf, with a faint, narrow border of repeating swastika pattern.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Asia: Central Asia: Tibet [China]
  • Date made
    Early 20th Century
  • Materials
    Textile Silk
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    From the Collection of Sir Charles Bell
  • Collector
    Charles Alfred Bell
  • Place collected
    Not recorded
  • Date collected
    1900 - 1945
  • Measurements
    500 mm x 1290 mm; x 19 11/16 in x 50 13/16 in
  • Note
    Curator's note: Not listed in the List of Curios. Khata are given as offerings and as a symbol of greeting. They are ubiquitous in Tibetan culture. The British Indian government received hundreds, if not thousands, of these scarves as gifts or as wrappings for letters or small presents during the Anglo-Tibetan encounter of the early 20th century. There is also a possibility that these two khata (also 50.31.117) were attached to the cham dance costume (50.31.84 and 94-95) in Bell's collection.

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

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  • 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.

Object view = Humanities
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