Horsemen at New Year festivities, Lhasa

Horsemen at New Year festivities, Lhasa

1998.285.384 (Glass negative)

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Key Information


Rabden Lepcha?


Sir Charles Bell

Date of Photo

March 1921


Lhasa > Lhalu

Accession number


Image Dimensions

120 x 163 mm

Horsemen on the outskirts of Lhasa assembled for festivities associated with the new year, probably the Gallop behind the Fort or Dzonggyap Shambe

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.354 (ck) Horsemen on the outskirts of Lhasa assembled for the games."

Other Information - Dates

Other Information - Dates: This image would probably have been taken on either the 1st March 1921 (The Preparation of the Camp at Lugu), 2nd of March 1921(Account of Trapchi ceremonies in plain between Lhasa and Sera) or 5th March 1921 (Dzonggyap Shambe competition held near the Lhalu mansion), according to Bell's diaries. However, given that Bell describes it as taking place on the outskirts of Lhasa, the festival is probably that of Dzonggyap Shambe [MS 23/6/2004]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Horsemen at New Year festivities, Lhasa " 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <>.

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