1998.285.134 (Glass negative)
Sir Charles Bell
120 x 163 mm
Negative glass plate gelatin , Negative Half Plate
St Antony's College, Oxford.
Sir Charles Bell's Mission to Lhasa 1920-21
Royal Central Asiatic Society
'The People of Tibet', Sir Charles Bell, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1928 [view list of illustrations]
Manual Catalogues - Bell's List of Illustrations entry: "[No. of chapter] XXI. [Subject of Chapter] The Women. [Subject of Illustration] H.117 (r) Wife o flay official, with pearl head-dress consisting mostly of pearls and a few corals, Lhasa style, turquoise earrings, necklace of corals and pearls, charm box (kau) of gold set with turquoises, sapphires and rubies"
Contemporary Publication - Published in 'The People of Tibet', Bell, C. A., Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1928, facing p.150: 'Wife of Lhasa official in gala attire/ The head-dress is mainly of pearls with a few large corals; the earrings of turquoises. The charm-box on the chest is of gold, set with diamonds, rubies, sapphires, and turquoises'. [PG 27/4/2004]
Other Information - Dress: This is a portrait of an aristocratic woman of Lhasa wearing typical Central Tibetan coral and pearl headdress, turquoise ear-rings, a 'gau' (amulet box) at her neck, and the married woman's striped apron. The pose and setting, with the European furniture and textiles of a wealthy Lhasa family is carefully arranged in the style of Indian studio photography. (CH 27/3/2000)
For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Wife of a lay official in Lhasa dress" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <http://tibet.prm.ox.ac.uk/photo_1998.285.134.html>.
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