Postal hut near Gyantse

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1998.285.103.1 (Glass negative)

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Key Information


Sir Charles Bell or Rabden


Sir Charles Bell

Date of Photo



Gyantse Region > Postal Hut

Accession number


Image Dimensions

120 x 163 mm

Postal hut a few miles out of Gyantse on the road to Lhasa. Two men iand a child nside hut.

Further Information

Photographic Process

Negative glass plate gelatin , Negative Half Plate

Date Acquired

Donated 1983

Donated by

St Antony's College, Oxford.

Copy difference

Lantern Shortened image on the right


Sir Charles Bell

Photo also owned by

Royal Central Asiatic Society

Previous Catologue Number


Previous Pitt Rivers Museum Number



'Tibet Past & Present', Sir Charles Bell, Oxford: The Clarendon Press, 1924 [view list of illustrations]

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - Bell's List of Illustrations entry: "[No. of chapter] VII. [Subject of Chapter] The Regent and Central Government. [Subject of illustration] H91 (l) Postal hut a few miles out of Gyantse on the road to Lhasa. [where placed - book page] I,176. [Remarks] L.58 [lantern slide 58"

Contemporary Publication -

Contemporary Publication - Published in 'Tibet Past & Present', Bell, C. A., Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1924, facing p.176:" Tibetan postal service. Changing couriers on the Gyantse-Lhasa road"

Other Information - Dates

Other Information - Dates: This photograph was probably taken in the later years of Bell's career in the region, maybe even in 1920 when he was in Gyantse collecting information for his books and awaiting permission to go to Lhasa. This is suggested by the manner in which the plate has been developed and the type of plate [MS 23/9/2004]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Postal hut near Gyantse" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <>.

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