Women wearing Tsang headdresses at Gyantse

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1998.285.481 (Glass negative)

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Key Information


Henry Martin


Sir Charles Bell

Date of Photo

c. 1908 - 1914 ?



Accession number


Image Dimensions

82 x 135 mm

Two working-class girls wearing Tsang headdresses, taken at Gyantse. A crowd has gathered behind to watch them being photographed.

Further Information

Photographic Process

Negative glass plate gelatin , Copy Negative

Date Acquired

Donated 1983

Donated by

St. Antony's College, Oxford

Copy difference

Copy Neg


Sir Charles Bell

Photo also owned by

Sir Charles Bell; Royal Central Asiatic Society

Previous Catologue Number


Previous Pitt Rivers Museum Number


Related Collections

British Library, Oriental and India Office Collections


'The People of Tibet', Sir Charles Bell, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1928 [view list of illustrations]

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - Bell's List of Illustrations entry: "[No. of chapter] XXI. [Subject of Chapter] The Women [Subject of Illustration] Working class girls at Gyantse. [Remarks] Martin's."

Contemporary Publication -

Contemporary Publication - Published in 'The People of Tibet', Bell, C. A., Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1928, facing p.151 [bottom]: 'Working-class girls wearing Tsang head-dress'. [PG 2/5/2003]

Contemporary Publication -

Contemporary Publication - This image has been published in David Macdonald, The Land of the Lama: A Description of a Country of Contrasts, and of its Cheerful, Happy-go-lucky People of Hardy Nature and Curious Customs; Their Religion, Ways of Living, Trade and Social Life (London, 1929), facing p.176 [top]: 'GALA DRESS OF PEASANT WOMEN/ Two peasant girls in gala headdresses, with plain coarse garments and workaday aprons'. [PG 14/4/2004]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Women wearing Tsang headdresses at Gyantse" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <http://tibet.prm.ox.ac.uk/photo_1998.285.481.html>.

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