1998.285.557 (Glass negative)
Lt Col R. S. Kennedy?
Sir Charles Bell
March 23rd 1921?
138 x 88 mm
Negative glass plate gelatin , Copy Negative
Donated in 1983
St. Antony’s College, Oxford
Sir Charles Bell's Mission to Lhasa 1920-21
The Royal Central Asiatic Society
Kennedy or Tibetan photographer?
British Library, Oriental and India Office Collections
Manual Catalogues - Bell's List of Illustrations entry: "[No. of chapter] XLIII. [Subject of Chapter] The Fauna. [Subject of illustration] P.436 (gl) (a) Mongolian camels in Lhasa belonging to the Dalai Lama. [Where placed - book page] I,148"
Other Information - Photographer: Bell took photographs of the Dalai Lama's camels when in Lhasa as he states in his diary for March 23rd 1921: "We met the Dalai Lama's camels (3A photos taken), including one standing by itself on the embankment of one of the dry river channels; this one (photo taken 3A) is the camel which the Dalai Lama rode between Mongolia and Lhasa on his return in 1909. It is known as the 'Spirit of Abundance,' or 'Lord of Wealth' (Dzam-ba Lha)". However, '3A' refers to his use of a Kodak 3A camera in which he used quarter-plate sized negatives. This image, therefore, may have been taken by Lt Col Robert Kennedy who was part of the Mission in 1920-21 [MS 1/6/2004]
Other Information - Related Images: Although Bell states in his List of Illustrations that this image was published in Tibet Past & Present (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1924), in fact a slightly different image, for which there is no negative in the PRM Collection, was used [MS 9/9/2004]
For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Camel ridden by Dalai Lama on return to Lhasa in 1909" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <http://tibet.prm.ox.ac.uk/photo_1998.285.557.html>.
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