About this object

A silk applique thangka showing a lama wearing a Drukpa Kagyu hat and monastic robes. He is seated on a throne, in front of him is a low table on top of which are several vessels. The applique is surrounded by a dark blue and gold brocase with repeating dragon designs. The 'door' positioned below the thangka is in the shape and style of a Chinese rank badge, again of the dragon. The yellow silk cover is still in place and the bottom edges of the thangka is fitted with silver finials.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Art; Religion; Textile/Clothing
  • Culture
    Bhutanese
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Asia: Southern Asia: Bhutan
  • Date made
    19th Century
  • Materials
    Textile Silk; Silver
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from the collections of Norwich Castle Museum, 1956
  • Collector
    John Claude White
  • Place collected
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Date collected
    1889 - 1908
  • Measurements
  • Note
    Described as depicting 'Head Lama of Sanga Cheling Monastery' in inventory, thought likely to be from Sang Ngak Choeling Monastery', which suggests it could have been acquired (looted?) from the Sang ngak Choeling Monastery in Southern Tibet during the Younghusband expedition. There is also an argument to be made that this was given to White during his official visit to Bhutan and was not part of the material culture taken out of Tibet during 1903-04 at all. Written by Emma Martin.
  • Related people
    John Claude White (Collector)
Object view = Humanities
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