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Thang-ka, of applique and embroidered silk cloth including, amongst the applique cloth, both bocade and damask as well as plain silk. Rolled on wooden rollers. Centrally depicted is an enthrond hierarch of the Drukpa order, flanked by two standing lamas, one holding a wheel and one a conch. Above, on either side, in smaller format are two further enthroned Drukpa lamas. The whole central image is mounted in two rows of orange (inner) and yellow Chinese silk damask, while the outer part is made up of blue Chinese brocade. There is a thin veil of three parts, one of of Indian tie-die silk on a yellow ground, and two of Chinese damask, one blue and one pink.
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Height: 1.57 metres (central panel only)
Height: 266 centimetres (from wooden pole to wooden pole)
Width: 1.10 metres (central panel only)
Width: 194.50 centimetres (from wooden pole to wooden pole)
- Curator's comments
- The 'List of Curios' written by Sir Charles Bell concerning his collection, has the following entry for this object:
Large needlework scroll. Central figure is tsen-chen Jam-pe-tro-pa. Top left hand is1st Dharma Raja. Top right hand is Jam-pe I-she Dorje (a Ta-tsang Kempo). On each side at level of shoulder is a Chu-sin (water demon) which lives in the ocean. Thi is supported on a board by a Kye (strong man) who is mounted on a horse that lives in the water (chu-ta) which is mounted on a lion (seng-ge) which is mounted on an elephant (lang-po-che). From the chu-sin issues a cloud (the yellow red needlework); at the top are two daughters of a Lu (mythical serpent). The daughters are like mermaids; in the picture only the upper half of them appear. At the top is the Cha-chung (a mythical bird of greatb power). Above these is an umbrella. At the centre figures [sic] foot are (from left), an altar jug, a dorje, cup and cupstand, incense bowl (po-por) then grain vessel (dru-no). These stand on a table at the sides of which appears a chair with a lotus and lion (seng-ge). On each side two men servants stand at the corners of the feet of the central figure. Below these are flowers, dragons etc. The position of the figures of the central figure show that he is expounding religion to his followers. This kind of applique silk is known as ko-tang tse drup-ma. Needlework above, not applique, is called tsem-drup. This and No. 66 were made by Bhutanese in Bhutan, so H.H. tells me. This picture measures 8'/9" by 5'/8" including the rail [?] surrounding it.
H.H. = His Highness Ugyen Wangchuk
They are thus diplomatic gifts from the Maharajah of Bhutan given to Bell during the Bhutan Mission to sign the Punakha Treaty in 1910. This dates the exchange to around January 8th 1910. From the small note at the end of the second entry, I [Emma Martin] can confirm that the thangkas were also described by the Maharajah to Bell.'
Information courtesy of Dr Emma Martin, University of Manchester
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2016 21 Jan-15 Aug, London, BM, G91, Krishna in the garden of Assam: the cultural context of an Indian textile
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