1998.285.214.2 (Lantern Slide)
Sir Charles Bell
April 17th 1921?
Lhasa > Ragashar House
81 x 81 mm
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]
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_1998.285.214.2.html>.
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