About this object

Small bronze figure of Green Tara. Figure sits on a double lotus pedestal in pose of royal ease. Her right hand is extended in the gesture of charity or blessing or varada mudra, while the left hand is holding the stem of a half opened utpala lotus flower that appears behind her left shoulder. She wears, the robes, jewellery and the five-jewelled crown of the Bodhisattva. Red, blue and yellow pigment still visible to head.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Asia: Central Asia: Tibet [China]: Ü-Tsang
  • Date made
    19th Century
  • Materials
    Bronze; Pigment
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    From the Collection of Sergeant J Heaney
  • Collector
    J Heaney
  • Place collected
    Asia: Central Asia: Tibet [China]: Ü-Tsang: Lhasa
  • Date collected
    August 1904
  • Measurements
    40 mm x 20 mm x 15 mm; 1 9/16 in x 13/16 in x 9/16 in
  • Related people
    J Heaney (Collector)

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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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