About this object

Black hat dancer's apron of dark blue broadcloth with an appliquéd design of a dharmapala mask with a border of faces, skulls and thunderbolts, the lower edge fringed.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Religion; Textile/Clothing
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Asia: Central Asia: Tibet [China]: Ü-Tsang: Lhasa
  • Date made
    19th Century
  • Materials
    Skin; Textile Silk; Textile Cotton
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, World Cultures
  • Acquisition
    From the Collection of Sir Charles Bell
  • Collector
    Charles Alfred Bell
  • Place collected
    Asia: Central Asia: Tibet [China]: Ü-Tsang: Gyantse
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    815 mm x 710 mm; 32 1/16 in x 27 15/16 in
  • 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 during this period and records having 'three lengthy conversations with the Prime Minister on the political position in Tibet ' on or around the date these pieces were given. Monks wear aprons like these when performing the religious or meditational dances known as cham, on festival days. Appliqué is the characteristic needlework of Tibet and is traditionally stitched by men. Written by Emma Martin
  • Related people
    Charles Alfred Bell ( Collector); Paljor Dorje Shatra ( gifted by, previous owner)

Explore related


  • List of Curios

    Bell, Charles Alfred

    Author: Bell, Charles Alfred
    Description: A typed object catalogue from Bell's handwritten notes on a wide variety of objects from his personal collection. This information often contains, the date he obtained an object, its provenance (including where and who he acquired from) and the person responsible for giving him the information. The process of writing the inventory began in December 1912 and continued until the late 1930s.

  • Tibet: Catalogue of Exhibits

    Tankard, Elaine

    Author: Tankard, Elaine
    Publisher: Liverpool Public Museums
    Date: 1953-03
    Description: Introductory essay and catalogue entries, in themes, for the 1953 exhibition; 'Tibet', held at the Walker Art Gallery.


Previous owners

  • Paljor Dorje Shatra

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
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