About this object

A wooden figure of arhat Pindola Bharadvaja. He wears a monk's robe made from strips of cloth (shown here by gilt decoration). He has a characteristic receading hairline and a well-kept beard and moustache. His left hand is raised slightly and would have held a bowl. His raised right hand is missing. There is still a significant amount of gold paint on the face and neck. The base is carved with a double dorje and a small section (to create a cavity) have been removed, replaced and then recarved.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Religion
  • Culture
    Tibetan; Chinese
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Asia: Eastern Asia: China
  • Date made
    17th Century
  • Materials
    Gilt Metal; Pigment; Wood; Varnish
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from the Abbey Art Centre
  • Collector
    Laurence Austine Waddell
  • Place collected
    Asia: Central Asia: Tibet [China]: Ü-Tsang: Lhasa
  • Date collected
    1904-08
  • Measurements
    129 mm x 101 mm x 51 mm; 5 1/16 in x 4 in x 2 in
  • Note
    Curator's note: The inventory card notes that the figure has been sealed by a Dalai Lama, but unlike figure 53.87.144 - 145 there is no seal visible. Dr E LoBue in a letter of 23rd January 1981 has identified the romanized transliteration that is adhered to the base, apart from a smudged area it clearly reads, 'Bhara dwa dza bsod snyoms len la namo' Written by Emma Martin

    Written by Emma Martin
  • Related people
    13th Dalai Lama (Previous owner); Abbey Art Centre (Previous owner); Laurence Austine Waddell (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

  • Abbey Art Centre

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • 13th Dalai Lama

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