Son of Changra Depon

Son of Changra Depon

1998.131.469 (Print black & white)

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Key Information


Frederick Spencer Chapman


Frederick Spencer Chapman

Date of Photo

January 9th 1937

Named Person

Changra Depon's son


Lhasa > Dekyi Lingka

Accession number


Image Dimensions

160 x 108

One of the sons of Changra Depon, the lay Commander-in-Chief. Head and shoulder portrait showing in detail the expensive brocade chuba or outer garments and jewellery ornament to his winter hat worn even by young children in aristocratic families

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

BI.34 [view film roll]

Previous Pitt Rivers Museum Number


Other Information

Notes on print/mount - 'BI 34' has been written on the back of the print in pencil. The name 'F S Chapman' has been written in pencil along the top left edge, and the number '7' in a circle in the top right hand corner [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]: 'Mrs Ditto [C-in-C] and 3 kids' [MS 27/03/2006]

Other Information - Cultural Background

Other Information - Cultural Background: It was quite common for officials to bring a large retinue of family members with them when they visited the Mission compound at the Dekyi Lingka. This was especially the case when it became the norm for the Mission staff to put on shows using the cine film projector [MS 27/03/2006]

Biographical Information - "Changra was made depon at the age of forty-eight, having previously held only civil appointments. Two years ago, at the age of fifty-six, he was made Commander-in-Chief, and although he knew that many reforms were needed, he did not know where to begin. Chapay, his assistant, had been for many years a depon in Kham. All these officials spoke very freely to Neame and he was able to discover much useful information" ['Lhasa: The Holy City', F. Spencer Chapman, London: Chatto & Windus, 1938, p. 233] [MS 27/03/2006]

Other Information - Related Images

Other Information - Related Images: Images prefixed with 'BI' are a group of negatives containing images of the Lord Chamberlain, the Rumba family, Khampa people, Mongolian women, Lhasa, Iamtso, Lalu Se, Lalu Monastery. They seem to have been taken between January 4th - 9th 1937 [MS 10/03/2006]

Other Information - Setting

Other Information - Setting: Mission Diary entry for January 9th 1937: "Changra, the lay Commander-in-Chief, and Chapay, his assistant, Mingi Lingpa, and Lhalu came to dinner" ['Lhasa Mission, 1936: Diary of Events', Part XII p. 3, written by Chapman] [MS 27/03/2006]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Son of Changra Depon" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <>.

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