Magistrates of Sho

Magistrates of Sho

1998.286.43.3 (Lantern Slide)

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Key Information


Sir Charles Bell


Sir Charles Bell

Date of Photo

July 26th 1921


Lhasa > Sho > Lekung

Accession number


Image Dimensions

81 x 81 mm

The three magistrates of Shö with clerks on left in their Court Room; documents can be seen around the room; the men are sitting in the corner of a room next to a window with bright light coming coming through

Further Information



Photographic Process

Lantern Slide

Date Acquired

Donated 1983

Donated by

St Antony's College, Oxford

Copy difference



Sir Charles Bell's Mission to Lhasa 1920-21

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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] VII. [Subject of Chapter] The Regent and Central Government [Subject of Illustration] Q34. (k) The three magistrates of Shö with clerks on left in their Court Room (pocket Book 26.7.21, p. 12). [Where placed - book page] I, 205. [Remarks] L.57"

Technical Information - This lantern slide was made using a nitrate film negative by a non-contact, projection technique [MS 20/8/2004]

Other Information - Setting

Other Information - Setting: Bell's Diary entry for 26th July 1921: "I visited the Sho Le-Kung today (photo quarter plate). The courtroom resembled in the main that of the Mi-pon. There are three magistrates, known as the Sho-pa. Usually two are trung-khar and one a tse-trung, but at [?] all three are trung-khor. This courtroom, the one which I photographed, is up stairs. Down below in another place close to, is a verandah in which those accused of the more heinous offences are tried. Here are kept the whips and finger-crushing implements of the same kind as those used by the Mi-pons. Nearby is the prison with two separate rooms, both of which one sees from above. One, for those convicted of lighter offences, was photoed by me some months ago. it gets plenty of light and air from above. The other for heinous offenders, is dark, but gets much more light and air than the prison administered by the Mi-pons. Looking down through the grating of the Sho prison for heinous offenders, I could see though dimly, the prisoners inside" [Vol XI, pp. 58-59]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Magistrates of Sho" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. Accessed 01 Dec. 2015 <>.

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