About this object

A wooden figure of Gautama or the Historical Buddha seated in a meditational pose. The base is carved separately from the figure and both the figure and the base seem to have been sawn across the legs at some stage. This has resulted in the loss of the left arm, the right arm (in bhumispharsha mudra) is still in place, but loose. The figure's robes are decorated with a dark brown lacquer under which are flowers painted in gold. The base has a cavity that has been sealed and covered with a piece of silk in 'rainbow' colours. The silk is loose and fragile.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Asia: Central Asia: Tibet [China]
  • Date made
    1904 before
  • Materials
    Textile Silk; Metal Gilt; Wood; Paper Plant; Varnish
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from the Abbey Art Centre
  • Collector
    Laurence Austine Waddell
  • Place collected
    Not recorded
  • Date collected
    Not recorded
  • Measurements
    180 mm x 137 mm x 98 mm; 7 1/16 in x 5 3/8 in x 3 7/8 in
  • Related people
    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
Object view = Humanities
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