Tibetan woman weaving

Tibetan woman weaving

1998.131.283 (Film negative)

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Key Information


Frederick Spencer Chapman


Frederick Spencer Chapman

Date of Photo

January 1937


Lhasa > Mondo's House

Accession number


Image Dimensions

61 x 94 MM

Tibetan woman weaving on wooden treadle loom. Possibly taken in the home of the Tibetan official Mondo

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

8.4 [view film roll]

Previous Pitt Rivers Museum Number


Other Information

In Negative - The reference '8-4' has been scratched into the negative in the bottom right hand corner [MS 17/03/2006]

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]: 'Weaver - ditto [woman] moved' [MS 17/03/2006]

Other Information - Related Images

Other Information - Related Images: Images prefixed with '8' comprise a group of negatives containing images of Mondo’s house, a weaver and Ragyapa people [MS 17/03/2006]

Other Information - Location: This image seems to have been taken in the compound of the Tibetan official Mondo's house as it is in the middle of a sequence of images identified as having been taken in this setting [MS 17/03/2006]

Other Information - Dates

Other Information - Dates: On January 25th 1937 Sir Basil Gould held a dinner for Tibetan officials whom the Mission had not yet hosted. These included R INGANG'S ELDER BROTHER , Kusho Choden Tendat, Mipon Seksing, and Mondo. It seems to have been a strategy of the Mission to have photographs of invited officials ready to show them when they arrived as a form of 'breaking the ice'. Thus, it seems that Chapman may have visited their houses when invitations were delivered to ensure that photographs could be developed on time. This hypothesis suggests that this image may have been taken in the days immediately preceding January 25th 1937 [MS 17/03/2006]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Tibetan woman weaving" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <http://tibet.prm.ox.ac.uk/photo_1998.131.283.html>.

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