Tibetan shepherd with sling

Tibetan shepherd with sling

1998.131.199 (Film negative)

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Key Information


Frederick Spencer Chapman


Frederick Spencer Chapman

Date of Photo

October 14th - 17th 1936


Lhasa Area

Accession number


Image Dimensions

115 x 85 mm

Tibetan shepherd wearing a chuba hitched up at the waist and felt boots. He is holding a rope sling, which would be used to control his flock. This is a full length portrait with the central figure in focus against a blurred background

Further Information

Photographic Process

Negative film nitrate

Date Acquired

Donated 1994

Donated by

Faith Spencer Chapman


British Diplomatic Mission to Lhasa 1936-37

Photo also owned by

Frederick Spencer Chapman

Previous Catologue Number

C.8.17 [view film roll]

Previous Pitt Rivers Museum Number


Other Information

In Negative - There is a sticker with 'Neg 17' in the top right hand corner. '17' has also been scratched into the negative in the bottom right hand corner [MS 17/1/2005]

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]: [?] Stone slinger (v.) [vertical]' [MS 13/03/2006]

Other Information - Related Images

Other Information - Related Images: The man in this image is the same as can be seen in 1998.131.200. Images prefixed with 'C.8.' seem to have been taken in October 1936, with this image datable to the period 14th - 17th October. They comprise a group of negatives containing images of Potala and Lhasa, officials coming through Pargo Kaling, Turquoise Bridge, Tsarong, Trimon, views from and of Sera, woman washing clothes, shepherd with sling, football teams. See also 2001.35.190.1 in the Nepean collection in the PRM [MS 17/1/2005]

Other Information - Cultural Background

Other Information - Cultural Background: Shepherds would use sling shots to control the direction of the sheep herd [TS 20/1/2005]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Tibetan shepherd with sling" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <http://tibet.prm.ox.ac.uk/photo_1998.131.199.html>.

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