Spectacles and Case

Description: Chinese spectacle case (mik-she-shup) with red silk strings and tassles, small glass bead on tassle. Case made of cardboard and covered with chinese silk thread embroidery, including a symbol of good fortune on part of case. Steel framed folding sunglasses, with darkened lenses on a cord fit inside.

Place collected: Asia: Southern Asia: India: Sikkim: Gangtok
Date collected: 1913-02-01
Measurements: Overall: 63 mm x 155 mm; x 2 1/2 in x 6 1/8 in
Type: Personal Object

Note: List of Curios No 171: Per K. Palhese on 1st February 1913 given me by Kusha [Kusho or Sir] Lungshar, guardian of the Tibetan boys going to England, on his arrival from Lhasa, on 31st January 1913. Chinese spectacle case (mik-she shup). Curator's note: Kusho Lungshar was an interesting character in early 20th century Tibetan politics. Having travelled with the four boys to England (along with his beautiful wife), he causes the British great concern by trying to establish contact with the Chinese and other European agencies. On his return to Tibet, he rises through the ranks and is a Tsipon by the time Bell visits in 1921. Lungshar, interested in gaining power within the Tibetan government, builds a circle of like minded individuals around him, but his push for power is seen to be a conspiracy against the interim government following the death of the Dalai Lama in 1933. He is arrested and punished with the removal of his eyeballs. Written by Emma Martin
Accession no: 50.31.28
Other number(s): CB78 [Collector Number]; T06016 [Photography Number]; N2000.0429 [Photography Number]; N1958.2022 [Photography Number]

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