About this object

Chinese gilt copper alloy figure of the Buddha of Infinite Light Amitabha (Sanskrit) Omituo Fu (Chinese). He is seated with his hands in meditation or dhyana mudra. The base of the figure is open.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Asia: Eastern Asia: China
  • Date made
    18th Century
  • Materials
    Alloy Copper; Gold
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, World Cultures
  • Acquisition
    Purchased From Christies, 1967
  • Collector
    Francis Edward Younghusband
  • Place collected
    Not recorded
  • Date collected
    Not recorded
  • Measurements
    225 mm x 180 mm x 120 mm
  • Note
    Curator's note: This figure was purchased from Christies in 1967 with a Younghusband provenance, whether this was provenanced to the Younghusband punitive expedition or to Younghusband himself needs to be confirmed. 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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