Officials and monks waiting for the Regent

Officials and monks waiting for the Regent

1998.131.570 (Print black & white)

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Key Information


Frederick Spencer Chapman


Frederick Spencer Chapman

Date of Photo

November 23rd 1936


Lhasa Area >

Accession number


Image Dimensions

109 x 160

Group of officials, some in gyaluche dress, and monks at the Regent's arrival back in Lhasa from Samye Monastery in November 1936

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

C.13.11 [view film roll]

Previous Pitt Rivers Museum Number


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Other Information

Notes on print/mount - The back of the print is covered in crop marks and reproduction instructions. The reference 'C-13-11' has been written on the back of the print in pencil, as has the caption 'Group of officials in "geluchey" dress' [MS 02/04/2006]

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]: 'Group of officials in special dress '; PRM Manuscripts Collection: ‘List of Tibetan Prints and Negatives’ - Book 3: ‘14/3 - Young officials in Geluchey dress waiting to welcome the Regent’ [MS 02/04/2006]

Other Information - Related Images

Other Information - Related Images: Images prefixed with 'C.13' comprise a group of negatives containing images of a photograph of the 13th Dalai Lama, Bhondong, the mission hospital group, the Regent’s arrival [departure], 5 Khampa beggars, the Ngagchen Rimpoche, Taring Rimpoche. There is some confusion as to whether or not the pictures of the Regent relate to the arrival or departure as at one point in the list [C.13.9] Chapman refers to the 'departure'. However, most of the C.13 images used in the Mission Diary relating to the arrival back in Lhasa in November are C.13 images. It seems likely that they are of the arrival back in Lhasa on November 23rd, therefore, following which Taring Rinpoche visited the Mission for lunch, thus possibly providing the occasion of this photograph [MS 28/03/2006]

Other Information - Description: Entry in Mission Diary for November 23rd 1936: "It is difficult to see the procession clearly for the cloud of dust it raises. Leading it are mounted standard bearers dressed in cloth of silver and high witch-like Mongolian hats. Following them are fifty or sixty mounted monk officials wearing gold lacquer hats or large yellow fireman-like helmets of wool. nearer the Regent's palanquin are the higher officials in gala attire. The Shappes and Dzasas in embroidered yellow and blue brocade robes; lower officials in resplendent multi-coloured silk costumes with pleated black skirts and little white cockle-shell hats." ['Lhasa Mission, 1936: Diary of Events', Part IX p. 4, written by Chapman] [MS 01/04/2006]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Officials and monks waiting for the Regent" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <>.

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