Mondo's butter lamps

Mondo's butter lamps

BMR. (Album Print black & white)

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Key Information


Frederick Spencer Chapman


Hugh E. Richardson

Date of Photo

January 1937


Lhasa > Mondo's House

Accession number


Carved wooden table holding three butter lamps, apparently in the official Mondo's house. The lamps are decorated with engraved auspicious Buddhist emblems

Further Information

Photographic Process

Print gelatin silver


British Diplomatic Mission to Lhasa 1936-37

Photo also owned by

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

Previous Catologue Number

8.6 [view film roll]

Related Collections

F. S. Chapman Collection in the Pitt Rivers Museum

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Other Information

In Negative - '8-6' has been scratched into the bottom left corner of the negative [MS 02/04/2006]

Other Information - Related Images

Other Information - Related Images: Images prefixed with '8' comprise a group of negatives containing images of Mondo’s house, a weaver and Ragyapa people [MS 17/03/2006]

Other Information - Dates

Other Information - Dates: On January 25th 1937 Sir Basil Gould held a dinner for Tibetan officials whom the Mission had not yet hosted. These included R INGANG'S ELDER BROTHER , Kusho Choden Tendat, Mipon Seksing, and Mondo. It seems to have been a strategy of the Mission to have photographs of invited officials ready to show them when they arrived as a form of 'breaking the ice'. Thus, it seems that Chapman may have visited their houses when invitations were delivered to ensure that photographs could be developed on time. This hypothesis suggests that this image may have been taken in the days immediately preceding January 25th 1937 [MS 17/03/2006]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Mondo's butter lamps" 05 Dec. 2006. The British Museum. <>.

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