Wealthy trader from Eastern Tibet with servants

Wealthy trader from Eastern Tibet with servants

1998.285.131.1 (Glass negative)

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(Lantern Slide)

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Key Information


Rabden Lepcha?


Sir Charles Bell

Date of Photo




Accession number


Image Dimensions

120 x 163 mm

Wealthy trader from Eastern Tibet (seated) with three servants standing behind him. The trader wears a double necklace of corals and onyx around his neck. Image is taken against a floral textile background suspended from the beams of a building. Carpet on floor.

Further Information

Photographic Process

Negative glass plate gelatin , Negative Half Plate

Date Acquired

Donated 1983

Donated by

St Antony's College, Oxford.

Copy difference



Sir Charles Bell's Mission to Lhasa 1920-21

Photo also owned by

Royal Central Asiatic Society

Revised Photographer

Rabden Lepcha?

Previous Catologue Number

See H.114

Previous Pitt Rivers Museum Number



'The People of Tibet', Sir Charles Bell, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1928 [view list of illustrations]

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - Bell's List of Illustrations entry: "[No. of chapter] XIX. [Subject of Chapter] The Traders. [Subject of Illustration] H.114 (n) Well-to-do trader of Eastern Tibet with three servants. Round traders neck is a double necklace of corals and onyx. [Remarks] L.88 [lantern slide 88]"

Technical Information - There appears to be a flaw in the image across the top left corner, which seems to have been created by problems with the emulsion [MS 26/5/2004]

Contemporary Publication -

Contemporary Publication - Published in 'The People of Tibet', Bell, C. A., Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1928, facing p.111:"Wealthy merchant of eastern Tibet with servants. He wears a double necklace of corals and onyx. Scabbard of servant on right holds three corals, as is usual in eastern Tibet." [MS 10/9/2004]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Wealthy trader from Eastern Tibet with servants" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <http://tibet.prm.ox.ac.uk/photo_1998.285.131.1.html>.

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