Itinerant monk with bell and skull drum

Itinerant monk with bell and skull drum

1998.131.202 (Film negative)

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Key Information


Frederick Spencer Chapman


Frederick Spencer Chapman

Date of Photo

September 1936?


Lhasa Area

Accession number


Image Dimensions

112 x 85

Itinerant monk with bell and skull drum and eye shade of black hair. Full length portrait but with a heavy shadow cast across the bottom of the image. Man wearing sheepskin chuba and with a skull drum and silver bell. Also holding a textile banner in his right hand. Appears to have a wooden sling container suspended over his back

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

C.4.13 [view film roll]

Previous Pitt Rivers Museum Number


Other Information

In Negative - The number '13' has been scratched into the bottom right hand corner of the negative. [MS 14/3/2005]

Technical Information - This image was taken with a quarter plate Zeiss Nixe film or film pack camera as the negative is quarter-plate sized. See Chapman
Lhasa The Holy City [London: Chatto & Windus, 1938] for a description of the still and cine cameras that Chapman used as Mission photographer [MS 25/2/2005]

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - Caption in Chapman's hand-written list of negatives made whilst on the Mission to Lhasa, 1936-7 [See PRM Manuscripts Collection]: 'Beggar with bell and skull drum' [MS 13/03/2006]

Other Information - Related Images

Other Information - Related Images: Same person as in 1998.131.203. Images prefixed with 'C.4.' seem all to have been taken during September and early October 1936 and comprise a group of negatives containing images of soldiers, turning prayer wheel, horns and rock paintings, paintings, Dr Morgan and mission hospital, beggar with skull and drum, monks outside Sera, a meat seller, and water tanks. See also 2001.35.182.1 of this same person in the same pose in the Evan Nepean collection in the PRM [MS 13/03/2006]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Itinerant monk with bell and skull drum" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <>.

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