Soldiers at the 'Sky Archery' competition, Namda

Soldiers at the 'Sky Archery' competition, Namda

1998.285.167 (Glass negative)

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Key Information


Rabden Lepcha? Unknown Tibetan photographer?


Sir Charles Bell

Date of Photo

March 6th 1921


Lhasa > Tsetrung Lingka

Accession number


Image Dimensions

120 x 163 mm

Rows of soldiers in courtyard of government summer house near Lhalu Mansion on the outskirts of Lhasa. Lay officials have gathered on the verandah to watch proceedings of the 'Sky Archery' competition, or Namda. Spectators on roof of dwelling. Water buckets can be seen. Soldiers on extreme right are holding small trumpets. Bows on ground

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

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Previous Pitt Rivers Museum Number


For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Soldiers at the 'Sky Archery' competition, Namda" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <>.

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