Gyantse seen from dzong

Gyantse seen from dzong

1998.157.23 (Transparency colour)

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Key Information


Frederick Spencer Chapman


Frederick Spencer Chapman

Date of Photo

March 1937?


Gyantse > Kumbum

Accession number


Image Dimensions

91 x 60 mm

View of Gyantse showing Kumbum, the great chorten and the Palkhor Chode Monastery. There are also good views of the whole length of the walls surrounding Gyantse. This photograph seems to have been taken from the Dzong or fort on the hillside outside the town. The main routes into the town are clearly visible, as are the town boundaries and the cultivated fields on the right of the image. The main road in the town is clearly visible and people can be seen walking. The fields on the outskirts of the town are dry and many have yaks and other animals grazing in them. A caravan of horses can be seen under magnification just below the centre of the image on the left

Further Information

Photographic Process

Dufay , Transparency Colour

Date Acquired

Donated 1994

Donated by

Faith Spencer Chapman


British Diplomatic Mission to Lhasa 1936-37?

Photo also owned by

Frederick Spencer Chapman

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Other Information

Technical Information - A print was developed from this colour transparency [1998.131.211] [MS 07/04/2006]

Other Information - Dates

Other Information - Dates: This photograph seems to have been taken during the winter as the fields are very barren, especially in comparison with the lush vegetation visible in 1998.131.210 taken from the same vantage point. This suggests that the image was taken on the return journey from Lhasa in February - March 1937. Chapman describes an earlier visit to the dzong to take photographs in the Mission Diary for August 15th 1936 and in his book Lhasa The Holy City [London: Chatto & Windus, 1938; reprint, London: Readers Union Ltd., 1940, pp. 54-55]. [MS 28/1/2005]

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The Tibet Album. "Gyantse seen from dzong" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <>.

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