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  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Asia: Central Asia: Tibet [China]
  • Date made
    19th Century
  • Materials
    Yarn Silk; Textile Silk; Textile Cotton; Yarn Cotton
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, World Cultures
  • Acquisition
    From the Collection of Sir Francis Younghusband
  • Collector
    Francis Edward Younghusband
  • Place collected
    Asia: Central Asia: Tibet [China]: Ü-Tsang: Lhasa
  • Date collected
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  • Note
    Curator's note: Recorded in the inventory as, "Extracted from Tibetan as fine for knocking out tooth of a British Officer". On pitching camp on the outskirts of Lhasa, a Tibetan monk came in to the camp to protest the British presence in the city. He injured two men with the sword he was carrying. For his crime, the Tibetan Government was fined and the robe was part of this fine, which Younghusband duly bagged as a gift to send to his wife. Then the monk was killed by hanging as a signal to all those witnessing the events that any further agression would not be tolerated. Following Charles Bell's lecture on his trip to Lhasa, given on 3 December 1923, Younghusband, who was in the audience, stood up and gave his own recollections of the monk with the sword. 'The only serious trouble we had was with a monk who ran amok in our camp and suddenly drew out his sword and cut down an officer. We tried the man, and asked him why he had done this, and he said that as he was going through our camp he saw the officer wearing an ugly hat. So he thought he must knock off the hat, and when he knocked the hat off he saw the officer's face was uglier than the hat, so he thought he would have a slash at that too. The officer was very much annoyed about this and kept muttering about it for many months afterwards. But on the whole I may say that we parted good friends with the Tibetan'.
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  • Mission to Lhasa 1903-1904

    Start date: 1903
    End date: 1903
    Description: The British Mission to Tibet during 1903 and 1904 was an invasion of southern Tibet by British Indian forces on the pretence of negotiating trade relations between Tibet and British India. However, this was instigated primarily in the hope of preventing the Russian Empire from interfering in Tibetan affairs and thus gaining a base in one of the buffer states surrounding British India. The expedition was led by Colonel (later Sir) Francis Younghusband. It had a damaging effect on the British reputation, many Tibetans were killed and monasteries and houses were looted and/or destroyed along the way. The 13th Dalai Lama feld Lhasa before the arrival of the expedition and Younghusband negotiated, a soon to be repelled, convention with the Tibetan government or Kashag in Lhasa that was signed in the Potala on 7 Septmber 1904.

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