About this object

An oblong red leather pouch edged with yellow leather piping and band of yellow leather at opening. The purse has a strip of untanned leather likely used for attaching the purse to a belt. The purse has a bundle of dried vegetal material wrapped in paper and tied in the bottom. Possibly tobacco or medicinal herbs.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Container; Personal Object
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Asia: Central Asia: Tibet [China]: Ü-Tsang
  • Date made
    Before 1904
  • Materials
    Paper Plant; Vegetal; Skin Leather; Yarn Wool; String
  • 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
    31 March 1904
  • Measurements
    225 mm x 91 mm
  • Note
    Curator's note: Collected during the Younghusband expedition 1903-04. The museum's annual report reads, 'black and red leather pouches ('. When J Heaney sold this and other items to Liverpool Museum in 1905, he also noted individual objects site of 'collection'. Guru was the site of intense fighting during the Younghusband-led puntive expedition and many Tibetans were killed here. It is likely that this pouch was taken as a trophy / souvenir from a dead Tibetan soldier. 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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