Tsendron Kusho and assistants

Tsendron Kusho and assistants

1998.285.99.1 (Glass negative)

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Key Information


Rabden Lepcha?


Sir Charles Bell

Date of Photo


Named Person

Tsendron Kusho



Accession number


Image Dimensions

120 x 163 mm

Tsendron Kusho (centre) and one of the Secretaries of the 13th Dalai Lama, who with Neto Jongpen, was appointed to attend on Sir Charles Bell's Mission during their stay in Lhasa.

Further Information

Photographic Process

Negative glass plate gelatin , Negative Half Plate

Date Acquired

Donated 1983

Donated by

St Antony's College, Oxford.

Copy difference



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



'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] VII. [Subject of Chapter] The Regent and Central Government. [Subject of illustration] H88 (f) Tsen-dron Ku-sho, one of the Secretaries of the Dalai Lama who, with Neto Jongpen, was appointed to attend on my Mission during my stay at Lhasa. Standing in centre. [Remarks] L.54. {D.L./Y in L}"

Contemporary Publication -

Contemporary Publication - Published in 'The People of Tibet', Bell, C. A., Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1928, facing p.194:"The Peak Secretary in his ecclesiastical robes with two attendants." [MS 10/9/2004]

Other Information - Setting

Other Information - Setting: Tsen-drön Kusho (centre) was one of the secretaries of the 13th Dalai Lama appointed to attend on Sir Charles Bell's mission during their stay in Lhasa. He is photographed in a monastic verandah with two servants, one of whom holds his crown of religious office. By the time of the 1936-37 British Mission to Lhasa the Kusho had become the leader of the monastic cabinet of the Tibetan government and again headed the ecclesiastic party sent to meet visitors. [CH 03/04/2000]

Other Information - Related Images

Other Information - Related Images: See 1998.285.101/101.1/102 for images of Tsendron Kusho on horseback. The servant on the left, holding the crown of office, holds the reins of Tsendron Kusho's horse in these images. [MS 20/8/2004]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Tsendron Kusho and assistants" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <http://tibet.prm.ox.ac.uk/photo_1998.285.99.1.html>.

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