Monks at Kargyu Monastery

Monks at Kargyu Monastery

1998.131.131 (Contact Print)

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Key Information


Frederick Spencer Chapman


Frederick Spencer Chapman

Date of Photo

August 2nd 1936


Chumbi Valley Region > Kargyu

Accession number


Image Dimensions

88 x 61

Group of monks outside Kargyu Monastery showing the ambulatory and cobbled courtyard

Further Information

Photographic Process

Negative film nitrate

Date Acquired

Donated 1994

Donated by

Faith Spencer Chapman


British Diplomatic Mission to Lhasa 1936-37

Photo also owned by

Frederick Spencer Chapman

Previous Catologue Number

CA.32 [view film roll]

Previous Pitt Rivers Museum Number


Other Information

Notes on print/mount - 'CA.32 has been written on the back of the print in pencil, as has 'F. S. Chapman', apparently in Chapman's own hand. Another number has been written in the top left hand corner, but this has been cut in two and is partially indecipherable [MS 09/03/2006]

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - Caption in Chapman's hand-written handlist of negatives taken whilst on the Mission to Lhasa, 1936 [See PRM Manuscripts Collection]: 'Monks outside monastery'

Other Information - Related Images

Other Information - Related Images: This image was selected for inclusion in the draft album compiled by the Mission whilst in Lhasa from which the official visual record was compiled. It is one of a group of negatives containing images of the Residency at Gangtok and the Mission party preparing to go to Lhasa, the Maharanee of Sikkim, the journey near Karponang, Changu Lake, Champithang and Chumbi Valley, Kargyu monastery and Yatung. At the top of the list is the comment ‘8, 9, 13, 17, 19, 20, 28, 31, 33, 36, 37 already enlarged 4x6. 3 copies’ [MS 09/03/2006]

Other Information - Setting

Other Information - Setting: "We followed [the welcoming party] through a most attractive wooden gateway into a large cobbled courtyard where a crowd of monks welcomed us. Behind carved pillars there was an ambulatory right round the yard with ancient looking frescoes on the walls ... A fine pony was tied to a pole in the centre of the court; many dogs prowled around. // ... [After tea with the Abbot] We then wandered round the outside of the monastery, and returned to the yard where we took photos of the monks. They enjoyed this thoroughly. " ['Lhasa: The Holy City', F. Spencer Chapman, London: Chatto & Windus, 1938, pp. 25-6] [MS 09/03/2006]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Monks at Kargyu Monastery" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <>.

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