Wheel of life, Kargyu Monastery

Wheel of life, Kargyu Monastery

1998.131.346 (Film negative)

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Key Information


Evan Yorke Nepean


Frederick Spencer Chapman

Date of Photo

August 2nd 1936


Chumbi Valley Region > Kargyu

Accession number


Image Dimensions

61 x 91

Wheel of life mural surrounded by Buddhist deities in Kargyu Monastery

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

Revised Photographer

Evan Yorke Nepean

Previous Catologue Number


Previous Pitt Rivers Museum Number


This Image also appears in another collection

2001.35.396.5.2 2001.35.9.1

Other Information

In Negative - 'YN 11' has been scratched into the bottom edge of the negative. This helps to identify the image as having been taken by Evan Yorke Nepean

Other Information - Cultural Background

Other Information - Cultural Background: Found at the entrance to most Monasteries, it explains the Cycle of Rebirths, the Law Of Karma and the Approach To Nirvana. Because many Tibetans could not read, visual didactic paintings were very important in bringing about an understanding of the Dharma. [Marina de Alarcón ZF 1995.1]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Wheel of life, Kargyu Monastery" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <http://tibet.prm.ox.ac.uk/photo_1998.131.346.html>.

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