Horpa man and his wife

Horpa man and his wife

1998.286.260.2 (Lantern Slide)

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Key Information


Rabden Lepcha?


Sir Charles Bell

Date of Photo

February/March 1921?


Lhasa >

Accession number


Image Dimensions

81 x 81 mm

Horpa man and his wife. His wife has her back turned to the camera to ensure that her head dress can be photographed

Further Information

Photographic Process

Lantern Slide

Date Acquired

Donated 1983

Donated by

St Antony's College, Oxford


Sir Charles Bell's Mission to Lhasa 1920-21

Previous Catologue Number


Previous Pitt Rivers Museum Number


Related Collections

British Library, Oriental and India Office Collections

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - Bell's List of Illustrations entry: "[No. of chapter] LII. [Subject of Chapter] Tribes to the North [Subject of Illustration] Q249 (c) Horpa and his wife. [Remarks] L.264."

Contemporary Publication -

Contemporary Publication - Published in 'Portrait of the Dalai Lama', Bell, C. A., London: Collins, 1946, facing p.17 (top):"Nomad grazier and his wife."

Other Information - Dates

Other Information - Dates: A date of February-March 1921 has been suggesting for this photograph as it was most common to see Horpa people on pilgrimage to Lhasa during this time, which coincided with the New Year ceremonies [MS 06/03/2006]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Horpa man and his wife" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <http://tibet.prm.ox.ac.uk/photo_1998.286.260.2.html>.

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