Gyantse plain

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1998.285.265 (Glass negative)

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Key Information


Sir Charles Bell or Rabden


Sir Charles Bell

Date of Photo



Gyantse (from Dzong)

Accession number


Image Dimensions

120 x 163 mm

Gyantse plain taken from the dzong, settlement in foreground, mountains in distance.

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

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] XLVI. [Subject of Chapter] Gyantse [Subject of Illustration] (a) Gyantse plain from Gyantse Dzong. [Where placed - book page] I, 67"

Published in 'Tibet Past & Present', Bell, C. A., Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1924, facing p.67:"View of the surrounding plain from Gyantse Dzong"

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. However, Bell was in Gyantse on many occasions throughout his career in the region and a precise dating is not possible [MS 23/9/2004]

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

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