Mondo's butter lamps

Mondo's butter lamps

1998.131.548 (Film negative)

Image for comparison


Raw Image


Other Version of this Photo in Hugh E. Richardson collection

[view record]


Image in Album

[view record]

Key Information


Frederick Spencer Chapman


Frederick Spencer Chapman

Date of Photo

January 1937


Lhasa > Mondo's House

Accession number


Image Dimensions

61 x 92

Carved wooden table holding three butter lamps, apparently in the official Mondo's house. The lamps are decorated with engraved auspicious Buddhist emblems

Further Information

Photographic Process

Negative film nitrate

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

8.6 [view film roll]

Previous Pitt Rivers Museum Number


This Image also appears in another collection


Other Information

In Negative - '8-6' has been scratched into the bottom left corner of the negative [MS 02/04/2006]

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 [MS 17/03/2006]

Other Information - Dates

Other Information - Dates: On January 25th 1937 Sir Basil Gould held a dinner for Tibetan officials whom the Mission had not yet hosted. These included R INGANG'S ELDER BROTHER , Kusho Choden Tendat, Mipon Seksing, and Mondo. It seems to have been a strategy of the Mission to have photographs of invited officials ready to show them when they arrived as a form of 'breaking the ice'. Thus, it seems that Chapman may have visited their houses when invitations were delivered to ensure that photographs could be developed on time. This hypothesis suggests that this image may have been taken in the days immediately preceding January 25th 1937 [MS 17/03/2006]

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

For more information about photographic usage or to order prints, please visit the The Pitt Rivers Museum.

© The Pitt Rivers Museum