About this object

Long black leather pouch with green silk drawstring finished with leather edging and a woven blue cord with bone toggle. The pouch would have been worn hanging from a belt. The exterior appears worn, although the interior doesn't seem to have any obvious wear and tear.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Religion; Container
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Asia: Central Asia: Tibet [China]
  • Date made
    19th Century
  • Materials
    Yarn Cotton; Skin Leather; Yarn Silk
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    From the Collection of Sergeant J Heaney
  • Collector
    J Heaney
  • Place collected
    Asia: Central Asia: Tibet [China]: Ü-Tsang: Guru
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    250 mm x 107 mm
  • Note
    Curator's note: Collected during the Younghusband expedition 1903-04. The museum's annual report reads, 'from Guru', however inventory reads 'from Lhasa'. The two collection sites are markedly different. Guru was a site of British looting following the death of many hundreds of Tibetans, while collecting in Lhasa, in August and September 1904, was primarily done in the bazaars. When J Heaney sold this and other items to Liverpool Museum in 1905, he noted the individual object's site of 'collection'. This object does not seem to have been used, suggesting it was acquired when new, but it is still difficult to say with any certainty if this pouch was looted or not. Written by Emma Martin
  • Related people
    J Heaney ( 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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