Cauldrons for boiling tea for monks

Cauldrons for boiling tea for monks

1998.285.143 (Glass negative)

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Key Information


Rabden Lepcha?


Sir Charles Bell

Date of Photo

c. February 11th 1921



Accession number


Image Dimensions

120 x 163 mm

Huge cauldrons in which tea is boiled for the monks in the Great Prayer Festival or Monlam Chenmo in Lhasa. In front of the left cauldron is a stall selling religious and domestic objects. Tea bowls in front of right cauldron.

Further Information

Photographic Process

Negative glass plate gelatin , Negative Half Plate

Date Acquired

Donated 1983

Donated by

St Antony's College, Oxford.


Sir Charles Bell's Mission to Lhasa 1920-21

Photo also owned by

Royal Central Asiatic Society

Revised Photographer

Rabden Lepcha?

Previous Catologue Number


Previous Pitt Rivers Museum Number



'The People of Tibet', Sir Charles Bell, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1928 [view list of illustrations]

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - Bell's List of Illustrations entry: "[No. of chapter] XXIV. [Subject of Chapter] Food and Drink. [Subject of Illustration] H122 (h) Huge cauldrons in which tea is boiled for the monks in the Prayer Festival (Monlam) in Lhasa. [Remarks] See (d) [P.194 - Boiling tea at the monks' sports at Gyantse. A huge cauldron]. L.112 [lantern slide 112]"

Contemporary Publication -

Contemporary Publication - Published in 'The People of Tibet', Bell, C. A., Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1928, facing p.237:"Huge cauldrons in which tea is boiled for the monks during the 'Great Prayer' festival in Lhasa" [MS 10/9/2004]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Cauldrons for boiling tea for monks" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <>.

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