About this object

Conch shell trumpet, set in a fine beaten silver mount for the mouth piece and stem/apron. The border of the main silver mount is set at intervals with cabochon coral, turquoise and facetted pasted possibly emerald and ruby. In the centre is a makara with a long snaking body, in its claws it holds conch shells. The makara is surrounded by scrolling lotus. The mouth piece is set with a double headed lotus silver mount.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Asia: Central Asia: Tibet [China]: Ü-Tsang
  • Date made
    19th Century Late
  • Materials
    Coral; Paste; Silver; Conch; Mother of Pearl; Turquoise
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from the collections of Norwich Castle Museum, 1956
  • Collector
  • Place collected
    Asia: Central Asia: Tibet [China]
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    188 mm x 345 mm x 100 mm; 7 3/8 in x 13 9/16 in x 3 15/16 in
  • Note
    John Claude White was Political Officer in Sikkim between 1889-1908. He was the joint commissioner and official photographer of the Younghusband punitative expedition 1903-1904, when this item was most likely acquired. This item was acquired by NML in 1956 from the Norwich Castle Museum.
  • Related people
    John Claude White ( collector)

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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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