About this object

An imperial yellow satin robe, embroidered in coloured silks and gold thread, with dragons, Buddhist emblems and landscape motifs; the gussets are filled with diagonal rainbow-coloured stripes. Lined throughout with squirrel fur. Ties of red silk at waist.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Asia: Eastern Asia: China
  • Date made
    18th Century
  • Materials
    Silk; Satin; Fur
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, World Cultures
  • Acquisition
    Purchased From Miss Jane Fernie
  • Collector
    Charles Alfred Bell
  • Place collected
    Asia: Southern Asia: India: Himachal Pradesh: Shimla
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    1200 mm x 1170 mm; 47 1/4 in x 46 1/16 in
  • Note
    Curator's note: The robe or more specifically the material is believed to have been made in the Imperial palace workshops in the 18th century and then at some point was given as a gift to the Dalai Lama (possibly the 7th Dalai Lama). In 1913, it was taken from the Potala Treasury (where it had been stored) and presented to Bell. Bell was given the robe as a gift at the time of the Simla Conference, by Lönchen Shatra (the senior of three Chief Ministers of Tibet). The two men had met in 1910 during the 13th Dalai Lama's exile in British India and had formed a strong friendship. It is possible that Jane Fernie was in the Himalayas at the time of the gift, as she travelled to the area during 1912-13, staying at Gangtok with her sister Cashie Bell (Charles Bell’s wife). Charles Bell asked Jane to take this important Tibetan Minister's robe back to England, It was then loaned to the museum for the 1953 Tibet exhibition and is now in the museum's collection. Fernie's collection was finally bequeathed to the museum in 1961. Written by Emma Martin.
  • Related people
    Charles Alfred Bell ( Collector); Jane Fernie ( Previous owner); Paljor Dorje Shatra ( gifted by)


Previous owners

  • Jane Fernie

    Owned from: 1913
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1961
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Humanities
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