Brian Houghton Hodgson and the ‘Zoology of Nipal’

Of all the nineteenth-century naturalists who have been obscured in Charles Darwin’s titanic shadow, Brian Houghton Hodgson (1800-1894) must surely rank as one of the most extraordinary. An East India Company diplomat and scholar, he was stationed in Nepal between 1820 and 1843, a period when European knowledge of the Himalayas – its peoples, cultures,…

People as objects: Photographs from anthropometric studies

In OBJECT LESSONS we forefront material objects when seeking to understand historical and political events and encounters in Tibet and the Himalayas. Here, artefacts, often collected as scientific specimens representative of a civilization in the field and later sent to European museums, are the main protagonists in histories about, inter alia, diplomatic relations (Martin 2015),…

Collaboration around Prince Peter’s Tibetan collection

By Trine Brox and Miriam Koktvedgaard Zeitzen. One of the main contributors to the Tibetan collection in the National Museum of Denmark was H.R.H. Prince Peter of Greece and Denmark (born 1908 in Paris, dead 1980 in London). His seven-year “stationary expedition” (Brox & Koktvedgaard Zeitzen 2017) in the north-east Indian Himalayan town of Kalimpong…