About this object

Gilt copper alloy statue of White Manjushri, Boddhisattva of Wisdom seated in lotus position on a lotus-shaped pedestal supported on a stalk with leaves. Three elephants act as supports on the base. He wears the five jewelled crown and ornaments of the Bodhisattva, these are studded with turquoise, although some stones are missing. Rising on lotus stems, behind his shoulders, are a book and a sword, representing wisdom, attached to the stem holding the sword is a small tag with a wax seal.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Religion
  • Culture
    Tibetan
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Asia: Central Asia: Tibet [China]
  • Date made
    15th Century - 16th Century
  • Materials
    Brass; Gilt Metal; Turquoise
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    From the Collection of Francis Younghusband
  • Collector
    Francis Edward Younghusband
  • Place collected
    Asia: Central Asia: Tibet [China]: Ü-Tsang: Lhasa
  • Date collected
    1904
  • Measurements
    165 mm x 75 mm x 75 mm; 6 1/2 in x 2 15/16 in x 2 15/16 in
  • Note
    Curator's note: Likely to have been made by a Newari artist in Tibet or Nepal. There are several wax seals still attached to this figure, which may suggest it was either taken from a treasury or gifted from one. Written by Emma Martin.
  • Related people
    Viscountess Malden (Previous owner); Eileen Louise Younghusband (Previous owner); Francis Edward Younghusband (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.

Ownership

Previous owners

  • Viscountess Malden

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Eileen Louise Younghusband

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
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