Ladakhi flute player

Ladakhi flute player

1998.131.252 (Print black & white)

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Key Information


Frederick Spencer Chapman


Frederick Spencer Chapman

Date of Photo

January 1st 1937


Lhasa > Dekyi Lingka

Accession number


Image Dimensions

160 x 108 mm

Ladakhi flute player in fez entertaining Tibetan officials or Shappe and British Mission members at the Dekyi Lingka, the residence of the British Mission in Lhasa

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

BJ.5 [view film roll]

Previous Pitt Rivers Museum Number


Other Information

Notes on print/mount - 'BJ 5' has been written in pencil on the back of the print in the centre. This relates to the numbering system that Chapman adopted for images taken on the British Mission to Lhasa in 1936-37 [MS 14/2/2005]

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]: 'Ladakhi flute player v. full' [MS 16/03/2006]

Other Information - Related Images

Other Information - Related Images: Images prefixed with 'BJ' comprise a group of negatives containing images of the Lhasa band, chang girls, Tibetan officials including Tsarong and Ringang, Finch, Norbhu, Everest Permit and Khampa people, all apparently taken in the first week of January 1937 [MS 16/03/2006]

Other Information - Cultural Background

Other Information - Cultural Background: Most musicians of popular music in Tibet were Ladakhi moslems. In Tibetan the flute is called lingbu [TS 14/2/2005]

Other Information - Location: The statement that this musician is playing in the environs of the Dekyi Lingka is derived from a viewing of the cine film that also constitutes part of the Chapman Collection in the PRM. [MS 16/03/2006]

Other Information - Dates

Other Information - Dates: Chapman used other images of the Lhasa Band to illustrate the text of the official Mission Diary for January 1st 1937. On that day the Mission invited some of the leading Tibetan officials to lunch to celebrate the New Year. He wrote: "Out in the garden we had the Lhasa Band and dancers. The former consists of two Chinese fiddlers, one of them blind, a bearded Ladaki, who plays a flute, and a Tibetan with another curious stringed instrument. The blind fiddler, incidentally, enjoys the privilege of being allowed to smoke even in the presence of the Cabinet" [MS 14/2/2005]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Ladakhi flute player" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <>.

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