Gould and the Mission being received outside Gyantse

Gould and the Mission being received outside Gyantse

2001.35.396.12.1 (Album Print black & white)

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Key Information


Evan Yorke Nepean


Evan Yorke Nepean

Date of Photo

August 12th 1936

Named Person

Sir Basil Gould, Gyantse Dzongpon (East), Gyantse Dzongpon (West), Norbhu Dhondup



Accession number


Image Dimensions

90 x 58 mm

Tibetan officials, the Eastern and Western Dzongpons, greeting members of the British Mission outside Gyantse. Sir Basil Gould can be seen in profile on the left, the back of another Mission member towards the camera, two Tibetan officials facing Gould, and Norbhu Dhondup, who acted as interpreter standing on the left, in profile. Other mission staff survey the scene from the edges of the path

Further Information

Photographic Process

Print silver

Date Acquired

Loaned August 2002

Donated by

Judy Goldthorp


British Diplomatic Mission to Lhasa 1936-37

Photo also owned by

Lady Nepean

Previous Catologue Number


This Image also appears in another collection

2001.35.44.1 1998.131.391.1 1998.131.391.2

Other Information

Notes on print/mount - 'Mission party being met by Eastern and Western Dzongpens'. [MS 28/07/2006]

Other Information - Related Images

Other Information - Related Images: The negative for this image is in the Frederick Spencer Chapman Collection at the PRM [1998.131.391.1]. 'YN 31' has been scratched into the negative in the bottom left hand corner [MS 23/03/2006]

Other Information - Setting

Other Information - Setting: It was Tibetan custom for officials to meet important visitors to a town some miles outside the town boundaries and then to escort them in. Here the Eastern and Western Dzongpon are meeting Sir Basil Gould and his party outside Gyantse. The British Mission was met by a steadily increasing number of Tibetan officials from the day before they arrived in Lhasa, whose job it was to welcome them and escort them to the city. Upon departure, escorts would accompany guests until an appropriate point of separation. Brigadier Neame recorded this process in the official Mission Diary: Diary for August 24th 1936 - "We had to time our march so as to reach the various reception places at a fixed hour. ... The lama officials wear comparatively dull claret coloured robes, but with brightly gilded red lacquer hats. They ride smartly caparisoned mules or ponies with gay saddle cloths. Lay Officials wear brightly coloured and embroidered Chinese silks. The servants have most marvellous red feathered and tasselled round fringed hats" ['Lhasa Mission, 1936: Diary of Events', Part 3 p.7, written by Neame] [MS 23/03/2006]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Gould and the Mission being received outside Gyantse" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <http://tibet.prm.ox.ac.uk/photo_2001.35.396.12.1.html>.

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