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Thangka showing Historical Buddha seated on lotus throne with white elephant supporters, and hands in teaching or turning the wheel of dharma mudra. Below is Mahakala. All round the central figure are 35 buddhas in rectangular panels. Dedication inscription on reverse.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Art; Religion
  • Culture
    Tibetan; Buddhist
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Asia: Central Asia: Tibet [China]: Ü-Tsang: Gyantse: Drongtse
  • Date made
    18th Century
  • Materials
    Textile Silk; Fibre Textile Cotton
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, World Cultures
  • Acquisition
    From the Collection of Sergeant J Heaney
  • Collector
    J Heaney
  • Place collected
    Asia: Central Asia: Tibet [China]: Ü-Tsang: Gyantse: Drongtse
  • Date collected
    1904-06 - 1904-07
  • Measurements
    1320 mm x 680 mm; 51 15/16 in x 26 3/4 in
  • Note
    Curator's comment; Record in the annual museum report, the provenance of this item is 'From a house near Gyantse & Dontse'. This suggests that it was likely taken from Phalha Mansion that was in the area and which the officers and soldiers would have known of due to Sarat Chandra Das's account of the mansion in his 1904 book, released just in time for the Younghusband-led Mission to Lhasa. The Phalha mansion was requisitioned and then partially destroyed by the Btitish during the mission. Written by Emma Martin.
  • Related people
    J Heaney (Collector)

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Events

  • 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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