1998.286.73.1 (Glass negative)
Sir Charles Bell or Rabden Lepcha?
Sir Charles Bell
Gyantse Region > Nyang Valley
78 x 103
Negative Quarter Plate , Copy Negative
St Antony's College, Oxford
Intensifier Tape Lantern Copy Neg
Sir Charles Bell
British Library, Oriental and India Office Collections
'The People of Tibet', Sir Charles Bell, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1928 [view list of illustrations]
Manual Catalogues - Bell's List of Illustrations entry: "[No. of chapter] XX. [Subject of Chapter] Beggars and Robbers [Subject of Illustration] Q64. (a) Beggars in Nyang valley. [Remarks] L. 92. (Y in L)."
Contemporary Publication - Published in 'The People of Tibet', Bell, C. A., Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1928, facing p.134:"Tongue and thumbs. The beggar's salute." [MS 10/9/2004]
Other Information - Cultural Background: "A beggar's form of address is peculiar. No doubt a wide diversity marks the forms of salutation current in different countries of the world, but few can be more out of the ordinary than that used by the humbler classes in Tibet towards their social superiors. Peasant, shepherd, or labourer will put out his tongue when addressing - or addressed by - one of the gentry. A beggar adds the further compliment of putting up his two thumbs, thus signifying that the person addressed is of the first quality, and may be expected to give a present in accordance with his quality." The People of Tibet , Bell, C. A., Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1928, facing p.134. [MS 10/9/2004]
For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Beggars, Nyang Valley" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <http://tibet.prm.ox.ac.uk/photo_1998.286.73.1.html>.
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