The Chikyak Khenpo or Lord Chamberlain

The Chikyak Khenpo or Lord Chamberlain

1998.285.100.1 (Glass negative)

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Key Information


Sir Charles Bell or Rabden Lepcha


Sir Charles Bell

Date of Photo

May 17th 1921?


Lhasa > Chikyak Khenpo's House

Accession number


Image Dimensions

120 x 163 mm

The Lord Chamberlain, or Chikyak Khenpo, sitting outside his home in front of a painted screen; potted plants in background

Further Information

Photographic Process

Negative glass plate gelatin , Negative Half Plate

Date Acquired

Donated 1983

Donated by

St Antony's College, Oxford.

Copy difference

Lantern Shortened image at the top


Sir Charles Bell's Mission to Lhasa 1920-21

Photo also owned by

Royal Central Asiatic Society

Previous Catologue Number


Previous Pitt Rivers Museum Number


Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - Bell's List of Illustrations entry: "[No. of chapter] VII. [Subject of Chapter] The Regent and Central Government. [Subject of illustration] H89 (g) The Chyikyak Kempo, May 1921. [Remarks] L.55 [lantern slide 55]"

Contemporary Publication -

Contemporary Publication - Published in 'The Religion of Tibet', Bell, C. A., Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1931, facing p.180: "The Lord Chamberlain." [MS 02/02/2006]

Other Information - Dates

Other Information - Dates: Bell seems to have taken this photograph on May 17th 1921, when he called on the Chikyak Khenpo following a meeting with the Dalai Lama. This day marked six months since Bell had arrived in Lhasa [Sir Charles Bell's Diary Vol. X, pp. 56-59] [MS 02/02/2006]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "The Chikyak Khenpo or Lord Chamberlain" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <>.

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