Kalon Lama and Bhondong leave Dekyi Lingka

Kalon Lama and Bhondong leave Dekyi Lingka

1998.131.464 (Film negative)

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Key Information


Frederick Spencer Chapman


Frederick Spencer Chapman

Date of Photo

December 4th 1936

Named Person

Kalon Lama, Bhondong


Lhasa > Dekyi Lingka

Accession number


Image Dimensions

85 x 114

Two Shappes, the Kalon Lama on the horse in front, and Bhondong on the horse behind. They are riding away after having had lunch at the Dekyi Lingka. Their attendants can be seen leading their horses. A Union Jack flag can be seen flying from the roof of the Dekyi Lingka

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

C.17.13 [view film roll]

Previous Pitt Rivers Museum Number


Other Information

In Negative - '13' has been scratched into the bottom right hand corner of the negative. This has enabled identification of the image as 'C.17.13' in Chapman's list of negatives made whilst in Lhasa [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]: 'Kalon Lama and Pendong riding away for lunch vertical v. good' [MS 27/03/2006]

Other Information - Related Images

Other Information - Related Images: Images prefixed with 'C.17' comprise a group of negatives containing images of Palden Lhamo procession down street, Kalon lama and Bhondong, Regent’s house and monastery. This group of images had been given the heading “‘Queen Vic’ Procession” by Chapman in his handlist. Queen Victoria was reputed to have been an incarnation of Palden Lhamo [see notes for C.17.7]. They seem to have been taken between November 26th - December 11th 1936, with this particular image being taken on December 4th [MS 27/03/2006]

Other Information - Setting

Other Information - Setting: Mission Diary entry for December 4th 1936: "Bhondong Shappe and Kalon Lama, both members of the Kashag, came to lunch. Today it is cold and wintry, and a bitter wind is raising dust storms" ['Lhasa Mission, 1936: Diary of Events', Part X p. 2, written by Chapman] [MS 27/03/2006]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Kalon Lama and Bhondong leave Dekyi Lingka" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <http://tibet.prm.ox.ac.uk/photo_1998.131.464.html>.

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