Ladakh (Lopchak) Mission to Lhasa

Ladakh (Lopchak) Mission to Lhasa

1998.285.324 (Glass negative)

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Key Information


Rabden Lepcha?


Sir Charles Bell

Date of Photo

March 1921

Named Person

Khan Sahib Faizalla


Lhasa >

Accession number


Image Dimensions

120 x 163 mm

Ladakh (Lopchak) Mission to Lhasa, Khan Sahib Faizalla. Front row seated on chairs on carpet. Front row left : son of the head of the Mission, centre: Head of the Mission. Back row standing. Behind them - carved and painted ceiling of building.

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

Rabden Lepcha?

Previous Catologue Number

See H.293

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.293 (c) The Ladakhi Mission to Lhasa, March 1921. [Where placed - book page] I, 242. [Remarks] L.269"

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 - Related Images

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]

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. "Ladakh (Lopchak) Mission to Lhasa" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <>.

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