About this object

A simple oval-shaped ga'u with beaten, dimpled decoration all over the body of the ga'u, which is very well worn. Four loops at the top and bottom of the ga'u would have been used for a strap. The ga'u is empty.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Religion; Container
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Asia: Central Asia: Tibet [China]: Ü-Tsang
  • Date made
    19th Century early
  • Materials
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    From the Collection of Sergeant J Heaney
  • Collector
    J Heaney
  • Place collected
    Asia: Central Asia: Tibet [China]: Ü-Tsang: Lhasa
  • Date collected
    1904-09 before
  • Measurements
    130 mm x 114 mm x 27 mm; 5 1/8 in x 4 1/2 in x 1 1/16 in
  • Note
    Inventory record reads, 'containing a circular coloured clay medallion' and annual report reads, 'from Lhasa; copper charm boxes (16. 6. 05. 28-30)'. Likely bought in the bazaar in Lhasa when the mission arrived in the city.
  • Related people
    J Heaney ( 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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