1998.285.311.1 (Glass negative)
Sir Charles Bell
Sir Charles Bell, Neto Dzongpon
Lhasa > Dekyi Lingka
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] L. [Subject of Chapter] Lhasa [Subject of Illustration] H.282 (bs) Our grounds in Dekyi Lingka. Author on pony and Neto Dzong-pon by his side. L.257 (Y in L)"
Other Information - Related Images: Bell does not distinguish in his list of illustrations between 1998.285.310 and 1998.285.311 and both may be referenced by the caption for H.282 [MS 10/6/2004]
In Negative - Bell has applied a red mask to the negative which seems to have intensified the details of his head and face which are in the shade of his hat
Other Information - Cultural Background: Comment referring to Bell's habit of riding made in his diary for 8th March 1921: "We ride often through the market places of Lhasa. About this Palhese remarks that Tibetan and Chinese gentlemen do not ride through the markets, unless this is unavoidable, as everybody has to rise up to salute them, and this gives the people a lot of trouble. We neither desire nor receive this general salutation" [MS 10/6/2004]
Other Information - Setting: Bell would discuss many issues with Neto Dzongpon when they were out riding together or spending time at Bell's house. Sometimes they discussed issues relating to government and international relations, but on other occasions they discussed the small details of everyday life. For example, on 28th April, they discussed the status and role of women in Tibet. Neto Dzongpon told Bell:"Wives, sisters and daughters plait their menfolks hair for them, and help them to wash it. I wash my hair every month or six weeks, and my women folk plait it for me every three weeks or so." [Diary Vol. X, pp. 42-3]
For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Bell and Neto Dzongpon in Dekyi Lingka" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <http://tibet.prm.ox.ac.uk/photo_1998.285.311.1.html>.
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