About this object

Large dark copper alloy statue of White Tara. She has one face and two arms, her right hand is extended down in the gesture of generosity, while her left hand is raised to her heart and her fourth finger and thumb are pinched together, probably holding a lotus stem which is now missing. She has seven eyes, her natural eyes, her wisdom eye and eyes in her palms and on the soles of her feet. She sits in the yogic or meditation position and wears the crown and ornaments of the Bodhisattva. Her hair is elaborated coiled above her head and is completed with a jewel finial. There are two lugs at each shoulder that may once have held her lotus flowers.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Asia: Central Asia: Tibet [China]
  • Date made
    19th Century
  • Materials
    Bronze; Pigment
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from the Abbey Art Centre
  • Collector
    Francis Edward Younghusband
  • Place collected
    Asia: Central Asia: Tibet [China]: Ü-Tsang: Lhasa
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    410 mm x 265 cm x 165 mm; 16 1/8 in x 104 5/16 in x 6 1/2 in
  • Note
    Curator's note: This statue was given to or taken by Sir Francis Younghusband during the punitive expedition of 1904. It was given to him by Harry Cust. At some point it came into the collection of his nephew Sir Robert Storrs, and in turn it became part of the Abbey Art Centre collection. Written by Emma Martin
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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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