Ruined fort at Dechen

Ruined fort at Dechen

1998.285.147 (Glass negative)

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Key Information


Sir Charles Bell or Rabden Lepcha


Sir Charles Bell

Date of Photo

April 16th 1921


East Kyichu Valley Region > Dechen

Accession number


Image Dimensions

120 x 163 mm

Ruined fort on hill at Dechen. Settlement at foot of hill. Bell and Kennedy stayed in the home of a well-to-do villager at the base of the hill, seen on the right of the image. This photograph was taken when returning from a visit to Ganden Monastery

Further Information

Photographic Process

Negative glass plate gelatin

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

Previous Catologue Number


Previous Pitt Rivers Museum Number


Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - Bell's List of Illustrations entry for H.126 has been confused with H.120 [see 1998.285.140]. However, this object image is taken from an identical viewpoint as that of 1998.285.67 [BL.H.62], the only indicators that they were taken at different moments being the slight variations in posture of the small crowd of people standing in front of the main building of the settlement. [MS 2/6/2004]

Notes on print/mount - Old fort in ruins at Dechen [MS 2/6/2004]

In Negative - There is an ink mark on the negative glass plate which states '25 g'. These marks usually refer to the corresponding list of illustrations, but in this case there is no 'g' in the list for chapter 25, suggesting that the object has been omitted for some reason [MS 2/6/2004]

Other Information - Dates

Other Information - Dates: Dating information has been derived from information given in Bell's caption for 1998.285.67 and the fact that in his diary of April 16th 1921 Bell states that he took photographs of the fort at Dechen when returning from a visit to Ganden Monastery [MS 22/9/2004]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Ruined fort at Dechen" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <>.

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