About this object

Iron pencase in two cylinderical pieces with lotus bud finials at each end. engraved all over with swirling cloud, scrolls and shou symbols . The two parts of the cylinder are linked to each other by an iron loop tied together with a leather thong.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Asia: Southern Asia: Bhutan
  • Date made
    19th Century
  • Materials
    Skin Leather; Iron; Silver
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Purchased From Norwich Castle Museum, 1956
  • Collector
    John Claude White
  • Place collected
    Asia: Central Asia: Tibet [China]: Ü-Tsang: Lhasa
  • Date collected
    1904-08 - 1904-09
  • Measurements
    25 mm x 364 mm
  • Note
    Curator's note: the inventory record notes this piece as coming from Lhasa 1904. As with many Younghusband related item we have to be cautious with this provenance. The pencase looks Bhutanese, so this could easily have come from the Bhutan delegation in southern Tibet during the early stages of the Younghusband punitive expedition, or it could have come from White's Bhutan visit in 1905. Written by Emma Martin.
  • Related people
    John Claude White ( Collector)

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  • 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.

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