Tag: Tibet

The Qianlong Emperor and a Yellow Teacup

In the Tibet case in the ground floor gallery of MAA is a small yellow teacup, more Chinese than it is Tibetan. At one point in time, and in a certain place, it could have been very dangerous to drink from.

John Donegan-Cross

12 March 2024

The Transboundary Origin of a Gilt Bronze Buddha

The origin of a museum object may seem simple and singular, associated with a specific place. But Xintian Ma presents a more complicated and perhaps realistic tale of the dual origins of a gilt Buddha.

Xintian Ma

9 January 2024

A Ceremonial Cup of Tea

This post suggests an alternative reading of the life of a woman who lived in Tibet, Sikkim, and Bhutan, analysing it as an encounter between two different tea drinking cultures.

Aayushi Gupta

20 June 2023

Tea and the Margaret Williamson Collection

MAA looks after at least 280 objects from Tibet and its surrounding Himalayan states, and 6,000 photographs donated by Margaret Williamson. But who was she and how did she acquire these objects?

Aayushi Gupta

25 April 2023

Lady Schuster’s Tibetan Tea

A collection was donated to MAA in 1947 by a Lady Schuster. But nothing is known about her nor the contexts in which her collection of tea objects was assembled. Who was she?

Mark Elliott

11 April 2023

Dragons, Monk’s Caps, and Butter Tea: The Duomuhu

What can drinking vessels tell us about historical changes and relationships? I explore the trajectory of one such vessel, a 多穆壶 (duomuhu), and what it tells us about the politics of the Chinese Empire.

Rui En Pok (Rae)

7 March 2023

The Tea Horse Road: An Ancient Trade Route

Michael Freeman, photographer and author of the ‘Tea Horse Road: China’s Ancient Trade Road to Tibet’, explores the pressed tea bricks in MAA’s care and the longest trade route in the ancient world.

Michael Freeman

7 February 2023

A Tea Brick Destined for Tibet

Ever tried to guess the flavour of tea just from looking at leaves or bricks, and without brewing them? Or even just from photographs of them? Come explore one example from the collections at MAA with me.

Shuzhen Kong (Ellen)

6 December 2022

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