1998.285.214.1 (Glass negative)
Sir Charles Bell
April 17th 1921?
Lhasa > Ragashar House
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
Manual Catalogues - Bell's List of Illustrations entry: "[No. of chapter] XXXII to XXXIV. [Subject of Chapter] The Religion [Subject of Illustration] H.187 (bp) The two little Rakashar Incarnations with mother and sister-in-law. Behind the Incarnations is their teacher; in front of them, two servant lads."
Other Information - Related images: This image seems to have been taken on the same occasion as 1998.285.113 and 1998.285.115 as the same textile and furnishings can be seen [MS 7/6/2004]
Contemporary Publication - Published in 'The People of Tibet', Bell, C. A., Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1928, frontispiece:"A noble family of Lhasa tracing its descent for 1400 years. Seated in left, two small sons, who are Living Buddhas, with teacher behind and boy servants in front. Mother and brother's wife beside them". [MS 10/9/2004]
Other Information - Dates: Bell went on a short tour north of Lhasa at the beginning of April 1921. In his diary for 17th April he states:"On the way [back to Lhasa] a servant of Rakashar met us with an invitation to his house, 8 miles or so out of Lhasa. We spent a very pleasant hour conversing with the head of the family, a Depon recently returned from Eastern Tibet. Poor man, though only 35 years old (Tibetan reckoning), he is crippled with gout." [Vol. X, p.22]
Exhibition - Photograph caption from Seeing Lhasa exhibition at Pitt Rivers Museum, 7 September 2003 - 30 November 2004: "The Ragashars are one of two Lhasa families who trace their ancestry to the religious kings of Tibet (7th -9th centuries). The boys described by Bell as servants were probably employed as playmates for the young incarnates.
For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Ragashar family incarnations" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <http://tibet.prm.ox.ac.uk/photo_1998.285.214.1.html>.
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