About this object

A simple copper arch-shaped ga'u with the kalachakra mantra embossed on the front. Some of the contents are still with the ga'u including three rolls of mantras or prayers ink printed on paper and a small painting of Green Tara or Drolma. She is seated on a lotus pedestal and her right hand reaches down to her side to touch the head of a kneeling devotee. Before her are a snake (on right) and an elephant and snow lion on the left. In the front of them a red demon or imp carries a flame, a leaf lies on the ground, a cup with a thick three link chain handle sits on the floor and in the far left corner there is a walking figure with extended arms in a scissor motion.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Asia: Central Asia: Tibet [China]: Ü-Tsang
  • Date made
    19th Century
  • Materials
    Ink; Copper; Pigment; Paper Plant; Textile Cotton
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from the collections of Norwich Castle Museum, 1956
  • Collector
    John Claude White
  • Place collected
    Asia: Central Asia: Tibet [China]: Ü-Tsang
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    105 mm x 110 mm x 35 mm; 4 1/8 in x 4 5/16 in x 1 3/8 in
  • Note
    Likely to have been collected during the Younghusband exhibition in 1903-04. It was donated to Norwich Castle Museum by Mrs Hyslop, White's daughter.
  • 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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