Spectacles and Case

Description: A pair of sun spectacles in a beaded case. The case has a wooden carcase, which is covered with blue silk on one side and red silk on the other. The red side is decorated with stitched over and glued glass paste floral decorations, while the reverse (blue side) has two beaded Chinese letters. There are two green silk tassels suspended from a silk eternal knot and loop for hanging the case from sash at the top.

Place collected: Asia: Southern Asia: India: West Bengal: Kalimpong
Date collected: 1912-03
Measurements: Overall: 450 mm x 55 mm x 20 mm; 17 11/16 in x 2 3/16 in x 13/16 in
Type: Personal Object

Note: List of Curios No 115: Chinese spectacle case, blue on one side, red on other; yellow cords with green tassles running through it. Given me by Gye-se Kusho of Traring in March 1912. Curator's note: Likely to have been given during Dalai Lama's exile in British India. Written by Emma Martin
Accession no: 50.31.29
Other number(s): CB78 [Collector Number]; N1958.2024 [Photography Number]; N1958.2023 [Photography Number]