4th & 5th Ranking Officials, Dekyi Lingka

4th & 5th Ranking Officials, Dekyi Lingka

1998.131.382.1 (Print black & white)

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Key Information


Frederick Spencer Chapman


Frederick Spencer Chapman

Date of Photo

October 3rd 1936

Named Person

Sonam Tobden, Rampa, Dapma Kusho


Lhasa > Dekyi Lingka

Accession number


Image Dimensions

112 x 163

Group of 4th and 5th ranking officials in the garden of the Dekyi Lingka. Sonam Tobden on left, monk guide to the mission, Dapma Kusho Tsedon, on right, lay guide, Rampa, fourth from left. The two secretaries have pen cases stuck through their belts signifying their official status. Tents belonging to the mission can be seen in the background amongst the trees. Two secretaries to the cabinet can be seen with pen cases placed in their belts

Further Information

Photographic Process

Print gelatin silver

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.6.14 [view film roll]

Previous Pitt Rivers Museum Number


Other Information

Notes on print/mount - 'F. S. Chapman has been written on the bottom of the back of the print in pencil. An indecipherable reference number can also be seen along the left hand edge. [MS 22/03/2006]

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]: 'Group of 8 4th and 5th R. [rank] officials in our garden'; PRM Manuscripts Collection: ‘List of Tibetan Prints and Negatives’ - Book 2: ‘36/4 - A group of young officials and secretaries. Fourth from left our lay guide, on right our monk guide’ [MS 22/03/2006]

Other Information - Related Images

Other Information - Related Images: It has been possible to identify this image as that referenced by Chapman's figure 'C.16.4' because this is visible in the copy of this image, 1998.131.382.2, on the back. Images prefixed with 'C.16' comprise a group of negatives containing images of Trimon and 4th/5th rank officials, Amir Khan and staff, Ringang, lunch party, Yellow Hat Monks, Potala views, Norbhu Lingka stables. They all seem to have been taken between October 1st - 3rd 1936 [MS 22/03/2006]

Other Information - Setting

Other Information - Setting: Mission Diary for October 3rd: "Today we gave the last of our big lunch parties. The guests were officials below the fourth rank. They were as easy to entertain as all our earlier guests and it was an enjoyable afternoon but we were all relieved to see the end of a week of parties" ['Lhasa Mission, 1936: Diary of Events', Part VII p. 2, written by Hugh Richardson]. See Bodleian Library Hugh Richardson Archive MS. Or. Richardson 3 folio 42 for a fuller description of this event.

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "4th & 5th Ranking Officials, Dekyi Lingka" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <http://tibet.prm.ox.ac.uk/photo_1998.131.382.1.html>.

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