Monk with prayer wheel

Monk with prayer wheel

1998.131.129 (Film negative)

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Key Information


Evan Yorke Nepean


Frederick Spencer Chapman

Date of Photo

August 4th - 5th 1936


Chumbi Valley Region >

Accession number


Image Dimensions

61 x 90

Monk with prayer wheel in the Chumbi Valley

Further Information

Date Acquired

Donated 1994

Donated by

Faith Spencer Chapman


British Diplomatic Mission to Lhasa 1936-37

Photo also owned by

Frederick Spencer Chapman

Revised Photographer

Evan Yorke Nepean

Previous Catologue Number


Previous Pitt Rivers Museum Number


This Image also appears in another collection

2001.35.396.7.4 2001.35.22.1

Other Information

In Negative - 'YN 13' has been scratched into the negative in the bottom left hand corner. This identifies the image has having been taken by Evan Yorke Nepean [MS 09/03/2006]

Other Information - Dates

Other Information - Dates: It seems likely that this image was taken on or just before August 2nd -5th 1936 because the images taken by Nepean appear to have been ordered and numbered broadly chronologically. Furthermore, in his account of events for August 5th 1936, Chapman states: "Met three begging monks. The chief one, a gaunt old man with a lovely copper prayer wheel bound with silver, had a large religious painting which he explained to us in a queer chanting voice. Filmed him." ['Lhasa: The Holy City', F. Spencer Chapman, London: Chatto & Windus, 1938, p.30]. This image is related through Nepean's album in the Pitt Rivers Museum with two other images showing this man as part of a group and with a thanka painting, as well as having a prayer wheel and Chapman's description, may, therefore, relate to the encounter with this monk [MS 09/03/2006]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Monk with prayer wheel" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <>.

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