Ragyapa camp near Lhasa

Ragyapa camp near Lhasa

1998.131.231.1 (Film negative)

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Key Information


Frederick Spencer Chapman


Frederick Spencer Chapman

Date of Photo

January 1937


Lhasa > Ragyapa camp

Accession number


Image Dimensions

61 x 91 mm

A ragyapa camp near Lhasa. Four woman can be seen seated in front of tents. Three of them are wearing woollen chuba, whilst the woman seated behind the others is wearing a chuba made of sheepskin. The tents of black yak hair are called Ba in Tibetan. A settlement, possibly a monastery, can be seen in the background at point at which the plains meet the mountains. A cooking pot can be seen on the left and other domestic items are placed around the site

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

8.10 [view film roll]

Previous Pitt Rivers Museum Number


Other Information

In Negative - '8-10' has been scratched on the negative in the bottom left hand corner. This notation is similar to that used to reference some images in the Chapman collection taken during the British Mission to Lhasa. [MS 16/03/2006]

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]: 'Ragyapas - Tents: 3 women in front' [MS 16/03/2006]

Other Information - Related Images

Other Information - Related Images: Most of the images referenced by two numbers [e.g.: 8.10] rather than an alpha numeric sequence are used to illustrate sections in the official Mission Diary for the month of January in 1937. Those prefixed with '8.' comprise a group of negatives containing images of Mondo’s house, a weaver and Ragyapa people [MS 18/3/2005]

Other Information - Cultural Background

Other Information - Cultural Background: The yak hair tents are very heavy and naturally waterproofed. These are relatively small and are therefore likely to be only temporary encampments away from their principal site [TS 21/1/2005]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Ragyapa camp near Lhasa" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <http://tibet.prm.ox.ac.uk/photo_1998.131.231.1.html>.

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