About this object

A stout wooden figure, possibly of an arhat or Buddhist Elder. He sits in the mediation position, his hands rest in his lap, there is a peg that suggests an object rested in his hands, but this has been removed, making it difficult to identify the figure. He wears flowing robes with a decorative collar and a kirtimukha belt, in his ears are two large earrings, traces of decoration in gold can be seen over the robes, face and hat. He has a long pointed beard and his long hair is divided into several sections that are looped together to create two lengths. He wears a Chinese scholar's scarf-style hat. The base is carved with a double dorje and a central square has been chiselled out (possibly to create a cavity).

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
    Tibetan; Chinese
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Asia: Eastern Asia: China
  • Date made
    17th Century
  • Materials
    Metal Gilt; Wood; Varnish
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from the Abbey Art Centre
  • Collector
    Laurence Austine Waddell
  • Place collected
    Asia: Central Asia: Tibet [China]: Ü-Tsang: Lhasa
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    127 mm x 90 mm x 59 mm; 5 in x 3 9/16 in x 2 5/16 in
  • Note
    Curator's note: The inventory card notes that the figure has been sealed by a Dalai Lama, but unlike figure 53.87.144 - 145 there is no seal visible. Written by Emma Martin Written by Emma Martin
  • Related people
    13th Dalai Lama ( Previous owner); Abbey Art Centre ( Previous owner); Laurence Austine Waddell ( Collector)

Explore related


  • Tibet: Catalogue of Exhibits

    Tankard, Elaine

    Author: Tankard, Elaine
    Publisher: Liverpool Public Museums
    Date: 1953-03
    Description: Introductory essay and catalogue entries, in themes, for the 1953 exhibition; 'Tibet', held at the Walker Art Gallery.


  • 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.


Previous owners

  • Abbey Art Centre

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • 13th Dalai Lama

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
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