About this object

A large chopstick set consisting two chopsticks, a knife and a holder. The wooden holder is covered at the top and bottom with two plain iron bands, the top piece is finished with a plaited band. The knife has a horn handle finished with pairs of metal roundels and matching plaited metalwork. The single-edged knife blade has a double groove. The whole has been covered in varnish at some point in the past to protect it from rust.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Personal Object
  • Culture
    Chinese; Tibetan
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Asia: Eastern Asia: China
  • Date made
    1904 before
  • Materials
    Tooth Ivory; Skin Hide; Horn Animal; Wood; Iron; Varnish
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Mrs E M A Learoyd
  • Collector
    Frederick Campbell
  • Place collected
    Asia: Central Asia: Tibet [China]
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    38 mm x 30 mm x 410 mm
  • Note
    Curator's note: Campbell was part of the Mission to Lhasa in 1903-04 and it is highly likely that the chopstick was acquired during this military campaign. There is no documentation to confirm whether or not it was looted, given as a gift, or bought in the bazaar. Written by Emma Martin.
  • Related people
    Frederick Campbell ( 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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