About this object

A length of very heavy silk brocade with large amounts of gold wrapped yarn. The pattern of foliage, spray of blossoms and buds, although repeating is unregimented with a large amount of gold ground showing and the colour scheme of pinks, greens, pale turquoise and yellow changing with each repeat.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Asia: Eastern Asia: China
  • Date made
    19th Century
  • Materials
    Textile Silk; Gold
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    From the Collection of Sir Francis Younghusband
  • Collector
    Francis Edward Younghusband
  • Place collected
    Asia: Central Asia: Tibet [China]
  • Date collected
    1904 about
  • Measurements
    629 mm x 2260 mm; x 24 3/4 in x 89 in
  • Note
    Curator's note: Inventory card reads 'Tibet, 1904' although there is no other information on provenance to confirm this. 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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