Rai Bahadur Norbhu Dhondup

Rai Bahadur Norbhu Dhondup

1998.131.401 (Print black & white)

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Key Information


Frederick Spencer Chapman


Frederick Spencer Chapman

Date of Photo

December 10th 1936

Named Person

Norbhu Dhondup


Lhasa > Dekyi Lingka

Accession number


Image Dimensions

142 x 94

Rai Bahadur Norbhu OBE, a Tibetan aristocrat who worked as interpreter to the British Mission, in a head and shoulders portrait, wearing the hat worn by officials in summer. It has a brocade brim and a high crown of red silk tassels with a coral ornament on top

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

BH.9 [view film roll]

Previous Pitt Rivers Museum Number


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Other Information

Notes on print/mount - There are a large number of crop and reproduction markings on the back of this print. 'B-H-9' has been written on the back in pencil, as has the caption 'Rai Bahadur Norbhu OBE (hat worn by L. officials summer)' [MS 23/03/2006]

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]: 'Norbhu v. [ticked by FSC]'; PRM Manuscripts Collection: ‘List of Tibetan Prints and Negatives’ - Book 2: ‘ “Rogues Gallery” - 37/3 - Norbhu Dzasa our interpreter’ [MS 23/03/2006]

Other Information - Related Images

Other Information - Related Images: Images prefixed with 'BH.' comprise a group of negatives containing images of Officials, a Khampa man, Sir Basil Gould and various personnel on the Mission in 1936-7. They all seem to have been taken on, just prior to or immediately after December 10th 1936. This was the day on which an official visit was made to Kundeling Monastery to observe the 'Disease Chasing Ceremony' [MS 23/03/2006]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Rai Bahadur Norbhu Dhondup" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <http://tibet.prm.ox.ac.uk/photo_1998.131.401.html>.

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