Regent's procession through Shingdongka

Regent's procession through Shingdongka

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Frederick Spencer Chapman


Hugh E. Richardson

Date of Photo

November 23rd 1936


Lhasa Area > Shingdonka

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The Regent's baggage travelling in front of him on his return to Lhasa from Samye Monastery. Passing through Shingdonka, a butcher's village 4 miles west of Lhasa. The mule loads are covered with golden cloths edged with scarlet (the regent's colours). Stones have been laid on either side of the road to mark the Regent's route

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Print gelatin silver


British Diplomatic Mission to Lhasa 1936-37

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Donated to the British Museum in 1986 by Hugh E. Richardson

Previous Catologue Number

C.13.13 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]

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F. S. Chapman Collection in the Pitt Rivers Museum

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Other Information

Notes on print/mount - 'Shing-dong-kar' has been written beneath the image in the album in pencil, apparently not by Hugh Richardson [MS 10/06/2006]

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - Caption in Chapman's hand-written list of negatives made whilst on the Mission to Lhasa, 1936-7 [See PRM Manuscripts Collection]: 'Regent’s baggage at Skingdonka '; PRM Manuscripts Collection: ‘List of Tibetan Prints and Negatives’ - Book 3: ‘14/1 - The Regent returns from a visit to Retung [Reting] Monastery. His baggage comes ahead of him. The roadsides are lined with stones at Shing-donka village’ [MS 01/04/2006]

Other Information - Album: This image appears alongside four others on page 15 of Hugh Richardson's album 'Lhasa 1936' [MS 10/06/2006]

Other Information - Related Images

Other Information - Related Images: Images prefixed with 'C.13' comprise a group of negatives containing images of a photograph of the 13th Dalai Lama, Bhondong, the mission hospital group, the Regent’s arrival [departure], 5 Khampa beggars, the Ngagchen Rimpoche, Taring Rimpoche. There is some confusion as to whether or not the pictures of the Regent relate to the arrival or departure as at one point in the list [C.13.9] Chapman refers to the 'departure'. However, most of the C.13 images used in the Mission Diary relating to the arrival back in Lhasa in November are C.13 images. It seems likely that they are of the arrival back in Lhasa on November 23rd, therefore, following which Taring Rinpoche visited the Mission for lunch, thus possibly providing the occasion of this photograph [MS 28/03/2006]

Other Information - Description: Entry in Mission Diary for November 23rd 1936: "We are going as far as a village called Shingdonka, four miles to the west of Lhasa, to film the procession as it mounts the steep village street. There is much more traffic than usual today. Much of it is the Regent's baggage sent on ahead. ... // In honour of the Regent a line of stones has been put down on each side of the road, and at every few hundred yards improvised incense burners have been built of sods" ['Lhasa Mission, 1936: Diary of Events', Part IX pp. 3-4, written by Chapman] [MS 01/04/2006]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Regent's procession through Shingdongka" 05 Dec. 2006. The British Museum. <>.

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