Tibetan Hangings

An image of folded up fabric. It has red, blue, green, and white details.
Part of the Tibetan wall hanging from the Eldon House collection

Country of Origin: Possibly Tibet 
Year: ca. 1897
Materials: Thread, beads, and cotton 

Members of the Harris Family travelled to Tibet on two occasions: George, Lucy, Milly, and Ronald Harris visited Tibet on their 1897 world tour. George’s younger sister Teresa also visited Tibet along with her second husband, George St. Littledale. The collection of wall hangings was purchased by George and Lucy in 1897.

Wall hangings in Tibet are usual made for religious worship and are called Thangka. Thangka usual have an image of Buddha or mandalas on them. Most often they are made of cotton or silk applique, though many are also painted and embroidered. Thangkas are usually small, though some can be up to sixty feet in length. These wall coverings were made in a similar style, but do not have Buddhist imagery on them. The pictured one is part of a set of three and were used by the Harris Family as porch coverings. The Harris Family used to hang these on the edge of the porch acting as curtains during summer days.