1998.285.674 (Lantern Slide)
Lt Col R. S. Kennedy? Willoughby Patrick Rosemeyer?
Sir Charles Bell
1920-1921 or 1922
Lhasa > Lingkhor
81 x 81 mm
St Antony's College, Oxford
Sir Charles Bell's Mission to Lhasa 1920-21
Lt Col R. S. Kennedy?
British Library, Oriental and India Office Collections
Manual Catalogues - Bell's List of Illustrations entry: "[No. of chapter] XXXII. [Subject of Chapter] The Religion [Subject of Illustration] P.390 (dqdu) Ditto [ref: P.389 - Pilgrim prostrating on road to Lhasa]. [Remarks] L. 194 (Y in L)."
Notes on print/mount - '13' has been written in black ink. This slide seems to have been used as slide 13 in the lecture 'A Year in Lhasa', which was first presented at the Royal Geographical Society on 3rd December 1923. The text, with a lesser number of images, was later published in The Geographical Journal of February 1924. Bell may also have presented this lecture on other occasions about which we have no information at present. [MS 6/9/2004]
Other Information - Cultural Background: Bell's Diary for 20th October 1921:" Kennedy tells me that yesterday we met on the way near Nye-tang a man who had covered the journey by the prostration method all the way from Tashi Lhunpo, a distance of about 180 miles, which would be increased to 200 miles, when he reached Lhasa. It had taken him 3 months and 7 days to cover the 180 miles. He had an ulcer on his forehead, from the latter continually touching the ground. // Parkang Shap-pe told us in Lhasa that people sometimes travel by this prostration method from eastern Tibet to Mt Kailas ( Kang Rimpoche ). The distance must be about 3000 miles for a pilgrim from Tachienlu, and the journey, so made, would take about 7 years." [Diary Vol. XIII, p.39]
Other Information - Photographer: This photograph may have been taken by R. S. Kennedy as the lantern slide seems to have been made from a Postcard-sized negative, and Kennedy typically seems to have used Postcard-sized plates in his photographic work. Or it may have been taken by Rosemeyer, who visited Lhasa many times after 1922, and likewise seems to have used Postcard-sized negatives [MS 21/9/2004]
For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Pilgrim on road to Lhasa" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <http://tibet.prm.ox.ac.uk/photo_1998.285.674.html>.
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