About this object

The helmet is constructed in three basic sections, a spool shaped finial, a rounded helmet bowl (one piece) and a short brim with a faceted edge, which is rivetted to the front of the brow. Traces of damescence work can still be seen on the trefoil tabs at the base of the finial, the top edge of the brow band, and the upper edge of the brim. The helmet is extremely shiny, due to previous over cleaning.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Asia: Eastern Asia: China
  • Date made
    17th Century
  • Materials
    Iron; Gold
  • 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
    210 mm; 8 1/4 in
  • Note
    Very likely to have been looted, gifted or purchased during the Younghusband Expedition of 1903 -04. Description adapted from D LaRocca's catalogue entry in, Warriors of the Himalayas.
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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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