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  • Place of origin:

    Tibet (made)

  • Date:

    early 20th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Brocaded wool, lined with silk

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Major-General J. K. Shepheard

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Waistcoat for a Tibetan Monk, sleeves, of dark red woollen cloth, with a bodice of brocade of blue and red flowers on a yellow ground woven with areas of flat silver thread. The epaulettes are piped with blue cord, and the front panels are lined with plain and figured red silk.

Place of Origin

Tibet (made)


early 20th century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Brocaded wool, lined with silk


Height: 94.5 cm, Width: 113 cm

Object history note

This waistcoat came as part of a set (I.S. 47 to F-1980) that included a skirt, shawl, hat, pair of boots and holy water bottle, as a gift from Major-General J.K. Shepheard.

Collected (i.e. bought) by the donor during a visit to Lhasa in 1939. The skirt has been adapted for European use from a conventional monks' lower garment.

Registered File number 1980/1213.

Descriptive line

Waistcoat for a Tibetan Monk, brocaded wool lined with silk, Tibet, early 20th century


Wool yarn; Silver thread; Silk (textile)


Brocading; Sewing


Textiles; Men's clothes; Religion


South & South East Asia Collection

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