Gyantse Kumbum

Gyantse Kumbum

1998.131.209 (Print black & white)

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Key Information


Frederick Spencer Chapman


Frederick Spencer Chapman

Date of Photo

March 1937?


Gyantse > Kumbum

Accession number


Image Dimensions

258 x 203 mm

A group of monks, four adults and boy, standing outside the Great chorten at Gyantse, known as the Kumbum. The tiers of the structure dominate the image, rising up to the great finial. The highly decorated window lintels can also be seen. There is a very good view of the metal 'umbrella' at the top of the chorten. In the background, the hills surrounding Gyantse can be seen as well as sections of the town wall on top.

Further Information

Photographic Process

Print gelatin silver , Enlargement

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


Previous Pitt Rivers Museum Number


Other Information

Notes on print/mount - 'SC Temple at Gyantse' has been written on the back of the print in pencil [MS 14/3/2005]

Other Information - Related Images

Other Information - Related Images: A group of negatives prefixed with 'H' that contain images of the route from Lhasa including Phari, Gautsa, Gyantse, all of which seem to have been taken in late February - early March 1937 [MS 10/03/2006]

Other Information - Dates

Other Information - Dates: This photograph seems to have been taken on the return journey from Lhasa in February - March 1937. Chapman describes an earlier visit to the dzong to take photographs in the Mission Diary for August 15th 1936 and in his book Lhasa The Holy City [London: Chatto & Windus, 1938; reprint, London: Readers Union Ltd., 1940, pp. 54-55] but he does not describe seeing the Kumbum at close quarters en route to Lhasa in 1936. [MS 28/1/2005]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Gyantse Kumbum" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <>.

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