About this object

A pair of sun spectacles in a beaded case. The case has a wooden carcase, which is covered with blue silk on one side and red silk on the other. The red side is decorated with stitched over and glued glass paste floral decorations, while the reverse (blue side) has two beaded Chinese letters. There are two green silk tassels suspended from a silk eternal knot and loop for hanging the case from sash at the top.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Personal Object
  • Culture
    Tibetan
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Asia: Eastern Asia: China
  • Date made
    20th Century early
  • Materials
    Textile Silk; Yarn Silk; Bead; Glass; Brass; Paper Cardboard; Fibre Textile Cotton; Fibre Yarn Cotton; Wood
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    From the Collection of Sir Charles Bell
  • Collector
    Charles Alfred Bell
  • Place collected
    Asia: Southern Asia: India: West Bengal: Kalimpong
  • Date collected
    1912-03
  • Measurements
    450 mm x 55 mm x 20 mm; 17 11/16 in x 2 3/16 in x 13/16 in
  • Note
    List of Curios No 115:
    Chinese spectacle case, blue on one side, red on other; yellow cords with green tassles running through it. Given me by Gye-se Kusho of Traring in March 1912.

    Curator's note: Likely to have been given during Dalai Lama's exile in British India.

    Written by Emma Martin
  • Related people
    Charles Alfred Bell (Collector)

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Publications

  • List of Curios

    Bell, Charles Alfred

    Author: Bell, Charles Alfred
    Publisher:
    Date:
    Description: A typed object catalogue from Bell's handwritten notes on a wide variety of objects from his personal collection. This information often contains, the date he obtained an object, its provenance (including where and who he acquired from) and the person responsible for giving him the information. The process of writing the inventory began in December 1912 and continued until the late 1930s.

  • Tibet: Catalogue of Exhibits

    Tankard, Elaine

    Author: Tankard, Elaine
    Publisher: Liverpool Public Museums
    Date: 1953-03
    Description: Introductory essay and catalogue entries, in themes, for the 1953 exhibition; 'Tibet', held at the Walker Art Gallery.

Events

  • 13th Dalai Lama's exile in British India 1910-1912

    Start date: 1910
    End date: 1910
    Description: Following an increase in hostilities between China and Tibet and the arrival of two thousand Chinese troops into Lhasa, the 13th Dalai Lama and a small entourage fled Lhasa during the night of 12 February 1910. Having been cut off from travelling to Mongolia they decided to head for British India and Sikkim. They rode hard with Chinese troops following closely behind them. A young member of the entourage Chensal Namgang (who would later become Tsarong Shapé), along with a small party, held back the Chinese troops at Chaksam Ferry giving the Dalai Lama time to make it to Phari, where W P Rosemeyer, a British India telegraph engineer gave him protection at a dak bungalow. The following day the Dalai Lama rode on to Yatung, where he was again given protection by David Macdonald (British Trade Agent), he finally rode on to Gnatong and to British India protection on 21st February 1910. Charles Bell was the officer in charge of the Dalai Lama and his entourage, during his time in British India and the two men developed a strong friendship during this event. The Dalai Lama was to stay in British India for over 2 years, only returning to Lhasa once Chinese troops had been removed and the intense fighting in Lhasa had stopped. This event would trigger the Dalai Lama's proclamation of Tibetan Independence in February 1913 and a series of modernising reforms.

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