1998.285.323.1 (Glass negative)
Sir Charles Bell
Khan Sahib Faizalla
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
'Tibet Past & Present', Sir Charles Bell, Oxford: The Clarendon Press, 1924 [view list of illustrations]
Manual Catalogues - Bell's List of Illustrations entry: "[No. of chapter] LIII. [Subject of Chapter] Tribes to the West [Subject of Illustration] H.293 (c) The Ladakhi Mission to Lhasa, March 1921. [Where placed - book page] I, 242. [Remarks] L.269"
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 - Related Images: Bell does not distinguish in his list of illustrations between 1998.285.323 and 1998.285.324 and both may be referenced by the caption for H.293 [MS 10/6/2004]
Contemporary Publication - Published in 'Tibet Past & Present', Bell, C. A., Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1924, facing p.242:"Kashmiri Mission in Lhasa (p.243)"
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. "Ladakh (Lopchak) Mission to Lhasa" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <http://tibet.prm.ox.ac.uk/photo_1998.285.323.1.html>.
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