About this object

A carved wooden figure of Vajrapani. He holds a skull bowl in his left hand, which is raised to his heart and a half dorje or vajra in his raised right hand. He wears a crown of five skulls and various pieces of jewellery. He stands, his right leg bent and his left leg straight on a supine human figure. His flaming red hair still retains some pigment. The figure is flat to the back and appears to have been prised from a larger figure or structure. There are two pins to the back.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Asia: Eastern Asia: Mongolia
  • Date made
    17th Century
  • Materials
    Pigment; Wood
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    From the Collection of Francis Younghusband
  • Collector
    Francis Edward Younghusband
  • Place collected
    Asia: Central Asia: Tibet [China]: Ü-Tsang
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    156 mm x 96 mm x 30 mm; 6 1/8 in x 3 3/4 in x 1 3/16 in
  • Note
    Curator's note: The wooden figure is similar to wooden figures in Waddell's collection and it is highly likely that this too came from the Younghusband expedition of 1903-04. Written by Emma Martin.
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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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