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Title: Charles Bell's collection of 'curios' : negotiating Tibetan material culture on the Anglo-Tibetan borderlands (1900-1945)
Author: Martin, Emma
ISNI:       0000 0004 5346 7034
Awarding Body: SOAS, University of London
Current Institution: SOAS, University of London
Date of Award: 2014
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Charles Bell (1870-1945) the diplomat, Tibetologist and writer continues to be one of the most recognizable names from the Anglo-Tibetan encounter that played out in the Himalayan borderlands of the early twentieth century. Not only did he write a series of authoritative books on Tibet, but he considered himself a personal friend of the thirteenth Dalai Lama. Less well known are his collecting activities. Therefore this thesis will, for the most part, step away from his diplomatic achievements focussing instead on a rethinking of Bell, his curios and the spaces that they occupied. A new material perspective will be presented that will question not only how Charles Bell became knowledgeable about Tibet, but also what agencies and agendas informed his collecting practices. Furthermore, it will become clear just how highly politicised Tibetan objects could become during a turbulent period in modern Tibetan history.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID: uk.bl.ethos.665078  DOI: Not available
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