About this object

Helmet, from one of Paro Penlop's bodyguards. The helmet is made from a round cap of chain mail, which is padded and covered with bright blue silk damask. This is divided into four segments with pelmets of red, green, yellow, blue. surmounted by a heavy brass finial in the form of an ambrosia vase.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Asia: Southern Asia: Bhutan
  • Date made
    19th Century
  • Materials
    Textile Silk; Alloy Copper; Silver; Fibre Textile Cotton
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, World Cultures
  • Acquisition
    From the Collection of Sir Francis Younghusband
  • Collector
    Francis Edward Younghusband
  • Place collected
    Asia: Central Asia: Tibet [China]: Ü-Tsang
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    360 mm; 14 3/16 in
  • Note
    Curator's notes: Described in original notes as being, 'Collected on the borders of Tibet'. Written by Emma Martin
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  • Mission to Lhasa 1903-1904

    Start date: 1903
    End date: 1903
    Description: The British Mission to Tibet during 1903 and 1904 was an invasion of southern Tibet by British Indian forces on the pretence of negotiating trade relations between Tibet and British India. However, this was instigated primarily in the hope of preventing the Russian Empire from interfering in Tibetan affairs and thus gaining a base in one of the buffer states surrounding British India. The expedition was led by Colonel (later Sir) Francis Younghusband. It had a damaging effect on the British reputation, many Tibetans were killed and monasteries and houses were looted and/or destroyed along the way. The 13th Dalai Lama feld Lhasa before the arrival of the expedition and Younghusband negotiated, a soon to be repelled, convention with the Tibetan government or Kashag in Lhasa that was signed in the Potala on 7 Septmber 1904.

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