About this object

A cloth, probably felt, amulet recorded as being used by a nun or ani. One rectangle of cloth folded over into a square and stiched together with a running stich. Five further stitches have been made on the front and back to create a simple mandala or cosmic diagram. A double loop of thread at the top would have been used to attach the amulet to a belt or strap. It is recorded that there is a paper inside the cloth printed with an amulet that is for warding off sickness.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Asia: Central Asia: Tibet [China]
  • Date made
    19th Century
  • Materials
    Textile Wool Felt; Paper Plant; Yarn Cotton
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    From the Collection of John W Innes Wright
  • Collector
    John W Innes Wright
  • Place collected
    Asia: Southern Asia: India: West Bengal: Darjeeling
  • Date collected
    1897 before
  • Measurements
    106 mm x 70 mm x 10 mm; 4 3/16 in x 2 3/4 in x 3/8 in
  • Note
    Curators note: May have been taken from a rope belt which houses several of these cloth amulets (see nun's amulet belt in National Museums Scotland (NMS) collection). Thanks to Dr Inbal Livne for bringing this to our attention. Written by Emma Martin
  • Related people
    John W Innes Wright ( Collector)
Object view = Humanities
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