Tibetan baby during harvest

Tibetan baby during harvest

1998.131.238 (Print black & white)

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Key Information


Frederick Spencer Chapman


Frederick Spencer Chapman

Date of Photo

November 13th - 15th 1936?


Lhasa Area

Accession number


Image Dimensions

173 x 129 mm

A Tibetan baby lying in a box upon a pile of hay, with a teapot and teacup on the right hand side of the box. Two wooden poles can be seen lying in front of the box and stacks of hay are visible piled up in the background. Some pieces of hay have been placed in the box for the baby to play with. The baby has been placed in the box to keep him/her safe while the family harvests the crop of hay

Further Information

Photographic Process

Print gelatin silver

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.7.8 [view film roll]

Previous Pitt Rivers Museum Number



'Lhasa the Holy City', F. Spencer Chapman, London: Chatto and Windus, 1940 [view list of illustrations]

Other Information

Notes on print/mount - The back of the print is covered with crop, proof and reproduction marks. These include the instruction to 'Cut as shown to 3 1/2 across [-] cut to fit plate 51a as shown on enclosed layout' written in pencil and enclosed in a circle. The number '51b' has been written in pencil in the top left corner of the back of the print. 'C-7-8' has been written across the middle of the back of the print in pencil. [MS 4/2/2005]

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]: 'Child asleep in box - and teapot'; PRM Manuscripts Collection: ‘List of Tibetan Prints and Negatives’ - Book 4: ‘9/2 - A Tibetan child (possibly the next Dalai Lama?) parked beside teapot while his mother works in the fields’ [MS 16/03/2006]

Other Information - Related Images

Other Information - Related Images: This image is part of a pair of images of this baby [1998.131.238 and 1998.131.239]. It is this image that appears to have been preferred as it is covered in reproduction instructions. There has been some movement of the domestic vessels in the two images to create the best effect. Also, one has been taken in portrait format, the other in landscape format [MS 4/2/2005]

Other Information - Related Images

Other Information - Related Images: Images prefixed with 'C.7.' comprise a group of negatives containing images of the Turquoise Bridge, winnowing grain, willows behind the Potala, child asleep in box with teapot, views of Potala and Kundeling. They all seem to have been taken between November 13th - 15th 1936, when harvesting was taking place around Lhasa [MS 16/03/2006]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Tibetan baby during harvest" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <http://tibet.prm.ox.ac.uk/photo_1998.131.238.html>.

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