Nyingma monk

Nyingma monk

1998.285.225.1 (Glass negative)

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Key Information


Rabden Lepcha?


Sir Charles Bell

Date of Photo



Lhasa >

Accession number


Image Dimensions

120 x 163 mm

Carved and painted panelled walls in background. Monk sitting beside table with vase of flowers. Carpet on floor.

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 Image shortened at top


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: "[No. of chapter] XXXII to XXXIV. [Subject of Chapter] The Religion [Subject of Illustration] H.196 (cn) Red Hat Incarnation Lama with rosary. His hair shows that he is not celibate. [Remarks] L.185"

Contemporary Publication -

Contemporary Publication - Published in 'The Religion of Tibet', Bell, C. A., Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1931, facing p.36:"A lama of the old sect introduced by Padma Sambhava. His long hair shows that he is not celibate."

Other Information - Opinion: This image is likely to be of a Nyingma monk, a member of the oldest school of Tibetan Buddhism [CH 23/03/2000]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Nyingma monk" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <http://tibet.prm.ox.ac.uk/photo_1998.285.225.1.html>.

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