About this object

A carved wooden lotus on a thick stalk, in the centre of which is the Historical Buddha. The carving appears to have been part of a large architecture feature or altar space as the lotus has the appearance of a wall boss that would protrude from the wall. There are tool marks were the stem is broken.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Asia: Central Asia: Tibet [China]: Ü-Tsang
  • Date made
    19th Century
  • Materials
    Gold; Pigment; Wood
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Mrs E M A Learoyd
  • Collector
    Frederick Campbell
  • Place collected
    Asia: Central Asia: Tibet [China]: Ü-Tsang
  • Date collected
    1903 - 1904
  • Measurements
    116 mm x 125 mm x 81 mm; 4 9/16 in x 4 15/16 in x 3 3/16 in
  • Note
    Curator's note: Campbell took part in the Mission to Lhasa. The toolmarks on the back of the boss suggest it was sawn from a larger structure, although the documentation at Liverpool cannot confirm or deny Campbell's role in the removal. Written by Emma Martin, 12/07/16.
  • Related people
    Frederick Campbell ( Collector); Eleanor May Alexander Learoyd ( Previous owner)

Explore related


  • 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

  • Eleanor May Alexander Learoyd

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