Mondo, Tsetrung Choden Tendar and Mipon Seksing

Mondo, Tsetrung Choden Tendar and Mipon Seksing

1998.131.427.1 (Contact Print)

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Key Information


Frederick Spencer Chapman


Frederick Spencer Chapman

Date of Photo

January 25th 1937

Named Person

Mondo , Choden Tendar , Mipon Seksing


Lhasa > Dekyi Lingka

Accession number


Image Dimensions

60 x 90

Three monk officials - Mondo on the right, who was at this time in charge of the Potala Treasury, Tsetrung Choden Tendar, the monk telegraph master of Lhasa in the centre and his brother, Mipon Seksing, on the left. Chortens can be seen in the background.

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

3.2 [view film roll]

Previous Pitt Rivers Museum Number


Other Information

Notes on print/mount - The contact print was made using Velox paper. The trade name is visible on the back of the print, albeit faded [MS 25/03/2006]

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]: 'Ditto [Telegraphist and brother] and Mondo close up'; PRM Manuscripts Collection: ‘List of Tibetan Prints and Negatives’ - Book 2: ‘33/4 - Three monk officials on right Mondo an old Rugbeian’ [MS 25/03/2006]

Other Information - Relates Images: Images prefixed with '3' comprise a group of negatives including Mondo and telegraph officers, and views of Potala from Chakpori and other vantage points. They all seem to have been taken between January 25th - 27th 1936, with this image probably having been taken on January 25th [MS 25/03/2006]

Other Information - Setting

Other Information - Setting: Entry in Mission Diary for January 25th 1936: "Today we had a large lunch party of officials who had not been invited before. There was Ringang's elder brother, a genial man who was once Depon in Kham. Kusho Choden Tendar the busy monk Telegraph-master was another guest; after lunch he went round to Dagg's tent and to his unbounded delight had a wireless conversation with Nainital. His brother - another monk official, Mipon Seksing, an old city Magistrate and Mondo, one of the boys who were at Rugby, completed the party" ['Lhasa Mission, 1936: Diary of Events', Part XIII p.2, written by Chapman] [MS 25/03/2006]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Mondo, Tsetrung Choden Tendar and Mipon Seksing" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <>.

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