Buriat Lama and Tibetan Postmaster General

Buriat Lama and Tibetan Postmaster General

1998.285.319 (Glass negative)

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Key Information


Rabden Lepcha


Sir Charles Bell

Date of Photo


Named Person

Buriat Lama, Postmaster General



Accession number


Image Dimensions

120 x 163 mm

Buriat Lama and Tibetan Postmaster General seated in front of carved screen or wall. Lama holding rosary. Postmaster General with legs crossed

Further Information

Photographic Process

Negative glass plate gelatin , Negative Half Plate

Date Acquired

Donated 1983

Donated by

St Antony's College, Oxford.

Copy difference

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Sir Charles Bell's Mission to Lhasa 1920-21

Photo also owned by

Royal Central Asiatic Society

Revised Photographer

Rabden Lepcha?

Previous Catologue Number

See H.289

Previous Pitt Rivers Museum Number



'Tibet Past & Present', Sir Charles Bell, Oxford: The Clarendon Press, 1924 [view list of illustrations]

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - Bell's List of Illustrations entry: "[No. of chapter] LII. [Subject of Chapter] Tribes to the North [Subject of Illustration] (j) Buriat Lama (right) and Tibetan Postmaster General. [Where placed - book page] I, 226. [Remarks] L.267"

Other Information - Related Images

Other Information - Related Images: Bell does not distinguish in his list of illustrations between 1998.285.218 and 1998.285.319 although they are different images. Both may be referenced by the caption for H.289 [MS 10/6/2004]

Contemporary Publication -

Contemporary Publication - Published in 'Tibet Past & Present', Bell, C. A., Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1924, facing p.226:" 'And even Buriats (right) from distant Siberia' "

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Buriat Lama and Tibetan Postmaster General" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <http://tibet.prm.ox.ac.uk/photo_1998.285.319.html>.

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