2001.35.311.1 (Print Black & White)
Frederick Spencer Chapman? Other member of the Mission/
Evan Yorke Nepean
September 6th 1936?
Lhasa > Norbu Lingka > Stables
73 x 105 mm
Loaned August 2002
British Diplomatic Mission to Lhasa 1936-37
CPX.25 In publication
'Lhasa Mission 1936, Diary of Events', P. Neame, H. Richardson, F. S. Chapman, Government of India Political Department [Note: photographs for October 18th - November 4th 1936 are not included as their relationship to text is not detailed; see Mission Diary text for details of images] [see photos in publication]
Notes on print/mount - 'ink no: 30; pencil no: CPX/25; blue no: 41'; from an envelope marked 'Scenes around Lhasa and the Norbhu Lingka = Jewel Park, the summer palace' [KC 14/08/2006]
Manual Catalogues - Caption in Chapman's hand-written list of negatives made whilst on the Mission to Lhasa, 1936-7 [See PRM Manuscripts Collection]: 'Cloisonné lion on r. of stable entrance with paw over cub'; A group of negatives containing images of boats near Dekyi Lingka crossing, Potala, Norbu Lingka main gate and stables, paintings, water prayer wheel, lake palace, ducks, mastiffs, monks washing clothes, Richardson and Dr Morgan [MS 20/03/2006]
Contemporary Publication - This image, not cropped in the way indicated in the notes inscribed on the back of the print, was published in Lhasa the Holy City , F. Spencer Chapman, London: Chatto & Windus, 1938, p.186 facing [MS 20/03/2006]
Other Information - Description: "The palaces are storehouses of rich presents that the Dalai Lamas have received in the past from different corners of the Buddhist world. Many were locked away and carefully sealed, but others could be seen in glass cases or were in use as ornaments. ... Most striking of all were several magnificent examples of cloisonné work: Chinese lions four feet in height, and elephants bearing vases on their backs. The lions showed the traditional characteristics of their sex: the male, with his paw pressed playfully on a ball, depicted gentleness in spite of strength, while the female, playing with her cub, showed affection" ['Lhasa: The Holy City', F. Spencer Chapman, London: Chatto & Windus, 1938, pp. 184-5]
Other Information - Description: "We were shown around everything, all the beautifully decorated private rooms, with lacquer, silk cushions and hangings, jewelled images and even the Dalai Lama's golden turquoise encrusted teacups. // Enormous Chinese cloisonné lions and elephants guard every door" ['Lhasa Mission, 1936: Diary of Events', September 6th 1936, p.3, written by Brigadier Philip Neame] [MS 20/03/2006]
Other Information - Related Images: Images prefixed with 'CPX' comprise a group of negatives containing images of boats near Dekyi Lingka crossing, Potala, Norbu Lingka main gate and stables, paintings, water prayer wheel, lake palace, ducks, mastiffs, monks washing clothes, Richardson and Dr Morgan. They seem to have been taken mainly on September 6th, although some of the early images may have been taken on September 4th - 5th 1936, when the Mission had two days of office activities. However, it also possible that they were taken on or around September 16th when a second visit was made to the Norbu Lingka [MS 21/03/2006]
Other Information - Photographer: Because this image has 'X' in its reference number, it is possible that it was not taken by Chapman, but maybe by Nepean or another member of the Mission using one of Chapman's cameras, although this requires further investigation [MS 20/03/2006]
For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Statue and murals in Norbu Lingka stable" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <http://tibet.prm.ox.ac.uk/photo_2001.35.311.1.html>.
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