J Heaney

Junior Officer on Younghusband Expedition

Sgt Heaney was a Junior Officer on the Younghusband Punitative Expedition to Tibet 1903-1904. He collected a group of objects during the expedition opportunistically, either taking items from homes or by making purchases. As with many junior officers his details have not been recorded and as of yet no record of his involvement in the expedition has come to light.

Eight objects from the Heaney collection were exchanged with the American Museum for Natural History on 15 September 1915. These can be seen on the AMNH on-line catalogue at:
http://anthro.amnh.org/anthropology/databases/common/public_access.cfm?database=asia
search under Liverpool and under collector/donor.

Entry from Annual report of Liverpool Public Museums (see attached images)reads:
The following group of objects were obtained by purchase from a
member of the Thibetan Punitive Expedition : — Bronze figure of a
Llama (16. 6. 05. 1), from the Tsechan Monastery; wooden figure of
Buddha (16. 6. 05. 2), from a private temple at Guru; figures of
Buddha, copper, gilt (16. 6. 05. 3-4), from a temple at Gyantse;
copper figure of Buddha (16. 6. 05. 5), from a private temple at
Gyantse; prayer wheels, with outer cases of copper (16. 6. 05. 6-7),
prayer wheels with outer cases of brass (16. 6. 05. 8-9), from houses
in the neighbourhood of Gyantse; brass " butter " lamps (16. 6. 05.
10-13), from temples at Gyantse; two flat copper " butter " lamps
(16. 6. 05. 14-15) and brass spoons (16. 6. 05. 16-17, used for
trimming " butter " lamps, from temples at Gyantse; pair of large
cymbals used in religious festivals (16. 6. 05. 18), and a pair of small
ones (16. 6. 05. 19), probably from the Tsechan Monastery, obtained
at Gyantse; brass gong (16. 6. 05. 20), from the Gyantse fort; water
jug made of copper and brass (16. 6. 05. 21), from a village near
Gyantse; two pieces of carved bone (16. 6. 05. 22-23), from a priest's
apron, from the monastery at Tsechan. A perfect example of these
aprons is in the Royal Scottish Museum, Edinburgh. Dorje, or
enchanted dagger (16. 6. 05. 24), from Gyantse; wooden block for
printing prayer flags (16. 6. 05. 25), from Guru; copper and silver
charm boxes (16.6.05. 26-27), from Lhasa; copper charm boxes
(16. 6. 05. 28-30), from Guru; rosary of wooden beads (16. 6.
05. ai), from Guru; painted pictures of religious subjects
(16. 6. 05. 32-37), from houses in the neighbourhood of Gyantse and
Dontse; sling, made of yak hair (16. 6. 05. 38), from Guru; black
and red leather pouches (16. 6. 05. 39-40), from Guru; pair of dust-
glasses (16. 6. 05. 42); brass and bronze inkstands (16. 6. 05. 43-44),
from Guru; pipe (16. 6. 05. 50), brass charm cases (16. 6. 05. 57-58),
from Lhasa; silver earrings inlaid with turquoise (16. 6. 05. 59-06),
from Guru; silver finger rings (16. 6. 05. 67-68), from Guru; steel
die (16. 6. 05. 69), from Gyantse; bandoliers, with bullet moulds,
powder flasks, flint and steel, &c. (16. 6. 05. 70-71). from Guru;
leather belts ornamented with metal plates (16. 6. 05. 72-73), from
Guru; sword with inscribed blade and shag-green case (16. 6. 05.
74), from the monastery at Tsechan; sword in a shag-green case
16. 6. 05. 75), from Guru; bell, with clapper and staple for fixing
to a doorway— the bell is struck by the action of the wind on the
broad clapper— (16. 6. 05. 70), from Gyantse; string of four nuts
extremely well carved (16. 6. 05. 77), metal figures of gods (16. 6.
05. 78-80), from Lhasa. The following Chinese objects were
obtained in Lhasa : water pipes (16. 6. 05. 45-40), onyx snuff-bottle
with stopper (16. 6. 05. 47), two glass snuff-bottles with stoppers
(16. 6. 05. 48-49), soapstone snutt'-bottle with stopper (16. 6. 05. 50),
glass snuff -bottle— no stopper (16. 6. 05. 51), amulet, of sardonyx
(16. 6. 05. 52), chopsticks, knives, &c., in cases (16. 6. 05. 53-55),
pair of folding spectacles (16. 6. 05. 41).
  • Gender
    Male
  • Relationship
    Artist/maker
  • Nationality
    British
  • Born
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place of birth
    Unknown or unrecorded
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