About this object

A large piece of red damask silk the main body in sateen weave with satin weave dragon medallions. The cloth has been stitched together (poorly) at some stage at one end. It has been backed with a fine red cotton.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Asia: Eastern Asia: China
  • Date made
    19th Century Late
  • Materials
    Textile Silk
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    From the Collection of Sir Francis Younghusband
  • Collector
    Francis Edward Younghusband
  • Place collected
    Asia: Central Asia: Tibet [China]: Ü-Tsang: Lhasa
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    1465 mm x 3505 mm; x 57 11/16 in x 138 in
  • Note
    Curator's note. This fabric appears to have been cut and sewn by Lady Lees to use as a prop in one of her spiritual plays. It is noted in the Younghusband catalogue (in history file) as having been used as a backdrop in the Tibet exhibition in 1953. It is described in the catalogue as having come from Lhasa and as being like, 'the silk of the Lama's robe' and that the 'use of similar silks in the robes of the Tibetan Cabinet Ministers'. Written by Emma Martin
  • Related people
Object view = Humanities
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