About this object

Collar for a black hat dancer's robe, in beautiful, high quality Tibetan-style brocade silk. The collar is cut in a diamond shape with scalloped edges, the edges bound with a faded orange brocade with gold threads. The outer border is in a heavily patterned green brocade with additional gold threads and the centre is of an orange-coloured silk with similar patterning. The opening is simply created with a circle and additional slit in the centre. The back is lined with a fine navy blue silk. There is a mark in orange pencil to the back of the neck which in Tibetan appears to note '40', this is possibly an inventory number for the treasury the collar was taken from.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Religion; Textile/Clothing
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Asia: Central Asia: Tibet [China]: Ü-Tsang: Lhasa
  • Date made
    19th Century
  • Materials
    Textile Silk
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    From the Collection of Sir Charles Bell
  • Collector
    Charles Alfred Bell
  • Place collected
    Asia: Central Asia: Tibet [China]: Ü-Tsang: Gyantse
  • Date collected
    28 July 1913
  • Measurements
    1355 mm x 1250 mm; x 53 3/8 in x 49 3/16 in
  • Note
    List of Curios No 264:
    A suit and hat worn by "Black Hat" (Ngak-pa) Lamas. These Lamas have among other powers that of preventing hail and sometimes of bringing rain. This dress and hat came from the Potala and were presented to me by the Tibetan Government (Per Lonchen Shatra on 28th July 1913.

    Curator's note: This group of textiles was given to Bell during his annual inspection tour of southern Tibet. He was staying in Gyantse and the Khambu valley and records having 'three lengthy conversations with the Prime Minister on the political position in Tibet ', during this period. The hat that completes the set was given to the British Museum by Bell in 1933 (1933.0508.57).

    Written by Emma Martin
  • Related people
    Charles Alfred Bell (Collector); Paljor Dorje Shatra (gifted by)

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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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