Sir Charles Bell and Saila with ponies

Sir Charles Bell and Saila with ponies

1998.285.150 (Glass negative)

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Key Information


Rabden Lepcha?


Sir Charles Bell

Date of Photo

November 1st - 3rd 1921

Named Person

Sir Charles Bell, Saila


Khangmar Region > Dochen

Accession number


Image Dimensions

120 x 163 mm

Sir Charles Bell, right, and his assistant or Syce, Saila, in November in Dechen. Wearing heavy winter clothing and holding his pony by its reigns.

Further Information

Photographic Process

Negative glass plate gelatin , Negative Half Plate

Date Acquired

Donated 1983

Donated by

St Antony's College, Oxford.

Copy difference

Image shortened at 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] XXV. [Subject of Chapter] Travelling. [Subject of Illustration] H128 (ac) Same as above [H.127 - 1998.285.48 & 1998.285.49: Bell in protective clothing, without horse, in Dechen in November]. I am holding my pony and Saila syce is holding his pony"

Other Information - Dates

Other Information - Dates: This photograph was probably taken on departure from Lhasa in 1921 as Bell travelled in late October - early November through this region [MS 22/9/2004]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Sir Charles Bell and Saila with ponies" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <>.

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