About this object

Bronze portrait statue of a lama or Historical Buddha disciple or arhat. Figure seated in yogic or meditational position on a double lotus pedestal. Right hand reaches down in bhumisparsha (enlightenment) mudra and left hand faces upwards resting his lap. He wears the patched robe of the lama with a shawl pulled up around his neck. He has a receding hairline and a large amount of pigment and gilt is still visible on his face. The base is sealed and decorated with the double dorje and the contents are still in place.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Asia: Central Asia: Tibet [China]
  • Date made
    18th Century
  • Materials
    Bronze; Gilt Metal; Pigment
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from the collections of Norwich Castle Museum, 1956
  • Collector
    John Claude White
  • Place collected
    Asia: Central Asia: Tibet [China]
  • Date collected
    1903 - 1904
  • Measurements
    145 mm x 111 mm x 80 mm; 5 11/16 in x 4 3/8 in x 3 1/8 in
  • Note
    Number 701 suggests the figure came quite early in a group of teachers within a larger Buddhism display (Tsongkhapa statues have numbers 707-709) on this evidence alone it suggests the figure is a Buddha disciple or arhat.
  • Related people
    John Claude White (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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