Members of Mission from Ladakh

Members of Mission from Ladakh

1998.285.321 (Glass negative)

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Key Information


Rabden Lepcha?


Sir Charles Bell

Date of Photo

1920 - 1921



Accession number


Image Dimensions

120 x 163 mm

Three men from the Ladakhi mission in Lhasa sitting, three men, a woman and a child standing, one man holding a bamboo bowl. Image taken in a domestic setting between two wooden pillars, with carpet on the floor. One man holding a pipe, two men holding rosaries

Further Information

Photographic Process

Negative glass plate gelatin , Negative Half Plate

Date Acquired

Donated 1983

Donated by

St Antony's College, Oxford.


Sir Charles Bell's Mission to Lhasa 1920-21

Photo also owned by

Royal Central Asiatic Society

Revised Photographer

Rebden Lepcha?

Previous Catologue Number


Previous Pitt Rivers Museum Number


Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - Bell's List of Illustrations entry: "[No. of chapter] LII. [Subject of Chapter] Tribes to the North [Subject of Illustration] H.291 (a) Some members of Ladakh (Lopchak) Mission to Lhasa, March 1921."

Other Information - Cultural Background

Other Information - Cultural Background: "There are also in Lhasa some two or three hundred Mahomedans from Ladakh, the north-eastern province of Kashmir. A few of these are descendants of the prisoners captured from Zorowar Singh's army. The latter were allowed to return to Ladakh, but some, of their own accord, remained in Lhasa. These Ladakhi Mohomedans are prosperous traders; an unaggressive community that goes quietly about its business and is amenable to the Tibetan jurisdiction. It was a common sight when I was in Lhasa, to see them wending their way to a park, three miles west of the capital, where they often spent the day offering prayers, reading books and enjoying themselves in the open air. // As is the case with the Nepalese, they wear Tibetan dress, and many of them have followed the example of both Chinese and Nepalese by marrying Tibetan wives." Tibet Past & Present , Bell, C. A., Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1924, p.243

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Members of Mission from Ladakh" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <>.

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