4th rank official riding

4th rank official riding

1998.131.533 (Print black & white)

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Key Information


Frederick Spencer Chapman


Frederick Spencer Chapman

Date of Photo

December 8th -10th 1936?


Lhasa Area >

Accession number


Image Dimensions

109 x 162

4th rank official riding in the outskirts of Lhasa wearing his formal gyaluche dress. Onlookers watch the photographer take his image.

Further Information

Photographic Process

Print gelatin silver

Date Acquired

Donated 1994

Donated by

Mrs Faith Spencer Chapman


British Diplomatic Mission to Lhasa 1936-37

Photo also owned by

Frederick Spencer Chapman

Previous Catologue Number

BH.2 [view film roll]

Previous Pitt Rivers Museum Number


Other Information

Notes on print/mount - 'BH 2' has been written on the back of the print in pencil, as has 'F. S. Chapman' along the bottom left edge of the print on the back [MS 01/04/2006]

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]: '4th r. [rank] official trotting past' [MS 01/04/2006]

Other Information - Dates

Other Information - Dates: As this official is wearing ceremonial dress this photograph was probably taken on either
December 8th 1936, which was the anniversary of the death of Tsongkapa and an occasion at which all officials had to present themselves at the Potala, or December 10th 1936 on which day the 'Disease Chasing Ceremony' took place at Kundeling Monastery [MS 01/04/2006]

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. "4th rank official riding" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <http://tibet.prm.ox.ac.uk/photo_1998.131.533.html>.

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