Khyungram Theji

Khyungram Theji

1998.131.444 (Print black & white)

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Key Information


Frederick Spencer Chapman


Frederick Spencer Chapman

Date of Photo

December 12th 1936

Named Person

Khyungram Theji


Lhasa > Dekyi Lingka

Accession number


Image Dimensions

178 x 123

Retired Depon, or General, Khyungram Theji in black fox fur hat worn by officials in the winter. The hat he is wearing is referred to as a 'Mongolian hat' in Tibet

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

BH.15 [view film roll]

Previous Pitt Rivers Museum Number


Other Information

Notes on print/mount - The back of this print is covered with crop and reproduction instructions. The reference 'BH.15' has been written on the back in pencil, as has the caption "Retired General. Hat high official's winter" [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]: '[??] of Bhondong v. vg.'; PRM Manuscripts Collection: ‘List of Tibetan Prints and Negatives’ - Book 2: ‘ “Rogues Gallery” - 37/1 - A retired general’ [NB: states BA.15 in list] [MS 25/03/2006]

Other Information - Related Images

Other Information - Related Images: Images prefixed with 'BH.' comprise a group of negatives containing images of Officials, a Khampa man, Sir Basil Gould and various personnel on the Mission in 1936-7. They all seem to have been taken on, just prior to or immediately after December 10th 1936. This was the day on which an official visit was made to Kundeling Monastery to observe the 'Disease Chasing Ceremony' [MS 23/03/2006]

Other Information - Setting

Other Information - Setting: On the occasion when this photograph may have been taken it seems that the Mission staff were all having their portraits taken in formal dress prior to an official visit to Kundeling Monastery to see the 'Disease Chasing Ceremony'. Bhondong may be attired in formal wear as he too would have been attending this ceremony later in the day. However, he was [MS 25/03/2006]

Other Information - Cultural Background

Other Information - Cultural Background: This Type Of Hat Is Worn Only By Officials Above The 4th Rank. [Marina de Alarcón ZF 1995.5]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Khyungram Theji" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <>.

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