Competitors at Trapchi Tsisher March 1921

Competitors at Trapchi Tsisher March 1921

1998.285.358 (Glass negative)

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Key Information


Rabden Lepcha?


Sir Charles Bell

Date of Photo

March 2nd 1921


Lhasa > Lubu

Accession number


Image Dimensions

120 x 163 mm

Horsemen competing in the games at the Trapchi Tsisher in Lhasa in March 1921

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


Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - Bell's List of Illustrations entry: "[No. of chapter] XXVII. [Subject of Chapter] Amusements [Subject of Illustration] H.328 (cj) Horsemen competing in the games in Lhasa in March 1921."

Other Information - Setting

Other Information - Setting: This photograph was taken on March 2nd 1921 during the 'Account of Trapchi' according to the description given in Bell's diary for March 1921 (vol. ix, pp.5-7). Bell describes being seated in a tent to the right of the Shappes presiding at the ceremony, and as his behaviour seems to have been quite constrained by the ceremonial implications of his visit, this photograph was probably not taken by Bell himself [MS 22/6/2004]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Competitors at Trapchi Tsisher March 1921" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <>.

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