About this object

An imperial yellow satin robe, embroidered in coloured silks and gold thread, with dragons, Buddhist emblems and landscape motifs; the gussets are filled with diagonal rainbow-coloured stripes. Lined throughout with squirrel fur. Ties of red silk at waist.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Asia: Eastern Asia: China
  • Date made
    18th Century
  • Materials
    Fur Skin; Textile Silk; Satin
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, World Cultures
  • Acquisition
    Purchased From Miss Jane Fernie
  • Collector
    Charles Alfred Bell
  • Place collected
    Asia: Southern Asia: India: Himachal Pradesh: Shimla
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    1200 mm x 1170 mm; 47 1/4 in x 46 1/16 in
  • Note
    Curator's note: Charles Bell gave Jane Fernie (his sister-in-law) this important Tibetan Minister's robe which was loaned for the Tibet exhibition of 1953 and is now in the museum's collection. Fernie's collection was bequeathed to the museum in 1961. It is possible that Jane Fernie was in the Himalayas at the time of the gift, as she travelled to the area during 1912-13, staying at Gangtok. Bell had been given the robe as a gift in 1913, at the time of the Simla Conference, by Lönchen Shatra (the senior of three Chief Ministers of Tibet). The two men had met in 1910 during the 13th Dalai Lama's exile in British India and had formed a strong friendship. The robe or more specifically the material is believed to have been made in the Chinese Emperor's workshops in the 18th century and then at some point was given as a gift to the Dalai Lama. It was then taken from the Potala Treasury and presented to Bell. See short attached article on robe by Emma Martin.

    Written by Emma Martin
  • Related people
    Charles Alfred Bell (Collector); Jane Fernie (Previous owner); Paljor Dorje Shatra (gifted by)

Where is this object from?


Previous owners

  • Jane Fernie

    Owned from: 1913
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1961
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Humanities
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