Head of Ladakh (Lopchak) Mission to Lhasa

Head of Ladakh (Lopchak) Mission to Lhasa

1998.285.322.1 (Glass negative)

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Key Information


Rabden Lepcha


Sir Charles Bell

Date of Photo

March 1921

Named Person

Khan Sahib Faizalla



Accession number


Image Dimensions

120 x 163 mm

Head of Ladakh (Lopchak) Mission to Lhasa, Khan Sahib Faizalla, and his son, mounted on horse. Two attendants. Ornate brocade robes. In front of building with carved and painted earves and ceiling.

Further Information



Photographic Process

Negative glass plate gelatin , Negative Half Plate

Date Acquired

Donated 1983

Donated by

St Antony's College, Oxford.

Copy difference



Sir Charles Bell's Mission to Lhasa 1920-21

Photo also owned by

Royal Central Asiatic Society

Previous Catologue Number


Previous Pitt Rivers Museum Number


Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - Bell's List of Illustrations entry: "[No. of chapter] LIII. [Subject of Chapter] Tribes to the West [Subject of Illustration] H.292 (b) Head of the Ladakh (Lopchak) Mission to Lhasa, and his son, both mounted. [Remark] L.268"

Other Information - Setting

Other Information - Setting: Bell's Diary entry for 17th June 1921:" Khan Sahib Faizalla , the head of the Ladakhi community in Lhasa came to tea with me. He says that during the Sino-Tibetan fighting at Lhasa, ten Chinese soldiers in Trap-chi left the whole of Sera monastery at bay, and killed a great many of them. // He says the people are pleased with me now. When the question of increasing the army was agitating their minds feelings about me were varied; but now the people are easier in their minds about this." [Vol. XI, p.11]

Other Information - Dates

Other Information - Dates: The date of March 1921 has been given for this image as it seems to relate to 1998.285.323.1 which is detailed in Bell's List of Illustrations as having been taken in March 1921. His Diary does not mention the taking of this image, and it was most likely taken by Rabden Lepcha, probably under a separate arrangement by which Rabden would visit the mission with the express purpose of taking photographs [MS 23/02/2006]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Head of Ladakh (Lopchak) Mission to Lhasa" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <http://tibet.prm.ox.ac.uk/photo_1998.285.322.1.html>.

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