About this object

Man's false pocket that hangs from sash. Made from red silk, decorated with gold thread shou medallions and Buddhist emblems in damask. Suspended with blue silk loop from which hangs a blue and red tablet weave braid ending with a silver threaded and plaited knot and purple silk tassel. Lined with royal blue silk.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Personal Object; Textile/Clothing
  • Culture
    Tibetan; Chinese
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Asia: Central Asia: Tibet [China]
  • Date made
    Early 20th Century
  • Materials
    Textile Silk; Yarn Silk; Wire
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    From the Collection of Sir Charles Bell
  • Collector
    Charles Alfred Bell
  • Place collected
    Not recorded
  • Date collected
    Before 22 January 1913
  • Measurements
    750 mm x 180 mm x 20 mm; 29 1/2 in x 7 1/16 in x 13/16 in
  • Note
    Curator's note: It is unclear if this false pocket has an entry in the List of Curios, a possible contender is,
    List of Curios No 127:
    Per Babu Tashi Tsering on 22nd January 1913. Chinese purse 13 3/4" long of maroon silk, with a pocket at each end, edged with blue braid and Chinese lettering on a red silk square.
    Pockets like these would hang from a government official's sash, which was tied at the waist to gather in the silk robe or chuba. The pocket tended to hang at the back of the sash.

    Babu Tashi Tsering was one of Bell's trusted assistants and he travelled with Bell to Lhasa in 1920-21.

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

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  • List of Curios

    Bell, Charles Alfred

    Author: Bell, Charles Alfred
    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.

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