Mondo's house, Lhasa

Mondo's house, Lhasa

1998.131.452 (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

60 x 90

Exterior of the official Mondo's house in Lhasa. Tibetans, Mission members including Gould and horses in foreground.

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

8.8 [view film roll]

Previous Pitt Rivers Museum Number


Other Information

In Negative - '8-8' has been scratched into the bottom right hand corner of the negative [MS 27/03/2006]

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]: 'Mondo’s house' [MS 27/03/2006]

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. All these images seem to have been taken in January 1937 [MS 16/03/2006]

Other Information - Setting

Other Information - Setting: "Now [Mondo] is a fifth rank official, sharing with Ramba, our lay guide, the charge of Sho, the village at the foot of the Potala. He also has an office in the Potala and is partly responsible for the park-lands of Lhasa. Mondo is a large, genial man with a loud ringing laugh and the extraordinary consideration and politeness that is so strong a characteristic of all the official class. he must have considerable wealth, for he is at present building a large and very beautiful mansion behind Muru monastery in the extreme north-eastern corner of the city" ['Lhasa: The Holy City', F. Spencer Chapman, London: Chatto & Windus, 1938, pp. 85-6] [MS 27/03/2006]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Mondo's house, Lhasa" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <>.

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