Description: Black hat dancer's ceremonial robes of heavy Chinese silk & brocade (in Tibetan style). Sleeves have extended triangular flaps and are made from strips of floral brocade in green red and yellow. The same process, fabric and colour way is used for the skirt. The body is in a wraparound style and fastens with a tie to the side and is edged with red, as is the interior.
Place collected: Asia: Central Asia: Tibet [China]: Ü-Tsang: Gyantse
Date collected: 1913-07-28
Measurements: Overall: 1460 mm x 1560 mm; 57 1/2 in x 61 7/16 in
Type: Religion; Textile/Clothing
Note: List of Curios No 264:
A suit and hat worn by "Black Hat" (Ngak-pa) Lamas. These Lamas have among other powers that of preventing hail and sometimes of bringing rain. This dress and hat came from the Potala and were presented to me by the Tibetan Government (Per Lonchen Shatra on 28th July 1913.
Curator's note: This group of textiles was given to Bell during his annual inspection tour of southern Tibet. He was staying in Gyantse and the Khambu valley and records having 'three lengthy conversations with the Prime Minister on the political position in Tibet ', during this period. The hat that completes the set was given to the British Museum by Bell in 1933 (1933.0508.57).
Written by Emma Martin
CB85 [Collector Number]