Tsoko, new Depon at Kham

Tsoko, new Depon at Kham

1998.131.449.1 (Film negative)

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Key Information


Frederick Spencer Chapman


Frederick Spencer Chapman

Date of Photo

December 1st 1936

Named Person

Captain Tsoko


Lhasa > Dekyi Lingka

Accession number


Image Dimensions

113 x 85

Tsoko, Sonam Wangdi, the new Depon at Kham, visiting the Dekyi Lingka. Full length portrait of Tsoko showing brocade silk outer garment or chuba. Standing next to a doorway with some painting visible on the woodwork

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.15.15 [view film roll]

Previous Pitt Rivers Museum Number


Other Information

In Negative - '15' has been scratched into the bottom right hand corner of the negative [MS 27/03/2006]

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]: 'New depon in garden' [MS 27/03/2006]

Other Information - Setting

Other Information - Setting: Mission Diary for December 1st 1936: "Another dinner and cinema show this evening. Nyemo Dongkar Wa, a 4th rank official at present unemployed, and Tsoko, the newly appointed Depon in Kham, were our guests. As usual each brought a considerable female and retinue and many servants" ['Lhasa Mission, 1936: Diary of Events', Part IX p. 2, written by Chapman] [MS 27/03/2006]

Other Information - Related Images

Other Information - Related Images: Images prefixed with 'C.15.' seem to have been taken over a relatively long period from November 26th to January 7th. This may have been because Chapman was running out of quarter plate film at this point because the only other images he took using this film type appear to have been of the interior of the Norbhu Lingka, the Potala and ceremonies at the Jokhang. However, on December 20th he comments that "something is wrong with the 1/4 plate camera" [1938: 294], which may have influenced his use of it. Images with prefix 'C.15' comprise a group of negatives containing images of threshing barley, Regent’s house, ferry near Dekyi Lingka and panoramic views of environs, mummers, Norbu Lingka, paper chase, tea at football match, Everest permit, Khampa people. This collection of images is headed with the title of ‘Rural Pursuits’ and it seems that Chapman may originally have intended to use this box of negatives whilst seeking out scenes such as threshing barley. However, this objective seems to have passed as the negatives were used, as a wider variety of images than this title suggests were taken. This may also reflect the limitations of access to such scenes in and around the mission compound in the Dekyi Lingka and the constraints upon the photographic agenda of the mission [MS 13/03/2006]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Tsoko, new Depon at Kham" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <http://tibet.prm.ox.ac.uk/photo_1998.131.449.1.html>.

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