Group of Po men from southern Tibet

Group of Po men from southern Tibet

1998.285.335 (Glass negative)

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Key Information


Rabden Lepcha?


Sir Charles Bell

Date of Photo



Lhasa >

Accession number


Image Dimensions

120 x 163 mm

Two rows of men from Po country in southern Tibet, eight standing and five seated, in front of carved panel or wall. Man sitting on left wearing a fur or hide upper body garment.

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

Previous Catologue Number


Previous Pitt Rivers Museum Number


Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - Bell's List of Illustrations entry: "[No. of chapter] LVI. [Subject of Chapter] Tribes to the South [Subject of Illustration] H.305 (b) Men from the Po country."

Other Information - Related Images

Other Information - Related Images: This image has been taken in the same place as 1998.285.333, a group of women from the Po country [MS 15/9/2004]

Other Information - Historical Background: Bell's Diary entry for 16th May 1921:"The present ruler of the Po country has an agent in Lhasa now who is asking the Tsarong Shape to give his sister as wife to the ruler of Po. Palhese tells me that "These rulers often take a Lhasa lady to wife, but are unable to get from the best families, as their country is not only a long way off but lawless. Sikkim on the other hand, though distant, is quiet and law-abiding, and so the Sikkim rulers are able to get their wives from the best families." [Vol. X., p.54]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Group of Po men from southern Tibet" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <>.

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