River and valley view

River and valley view

1998.285.390 (Glass negative)

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Key Information


Sir Charles Bell or Rabden Lepcha?


Sir Charles Bell

Date of Photo

September 1st 1921?


Rongchu Valley Region > Reting

Accession number


Image Dimensions

120 x 163 mm

Man standing in foreground with a wide vally and river behind.

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

Previous Catologue Number


Previous Pitt Rivers Museum Number


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Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - Bell's List of Illustrations entry: "[No. of chapter] III. [Subject of Chapter] Mountains, Rivers, Lakes, Climate, Rainfall, and Trade Routes [Subject of Illustration] H.360 (ba) A Tibetan river (perhaps Kyi Chu near Reting) at dusk."

Other Information - Setting

Other Information - Setting: At the end of August Sir Charles Bell and Robert Kennedy went on a tour of the country north of Lhasa to Reting monastery. This photograph was probably taken on this trip [MS 17/9/2004]

Other Information - Setting

Other Information - Setting: Bell's Diary for September 1st 1921:"Kennedy and I rode on the main valley of the Re-ting Tsang-po (Kyi Chu) for about seven miles. A mile or two after leaving Re-ting, we cross a stream coming down a valley on the left. At the head of this is a Pass known as "The Black Pass". Shesur says Passes when difficult are sometimes called Black." [Diary Vol. XII, p.55]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "River and valley view" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <http://tibet.prm.ox.ac.uk/photo_1998.285.390.html>.

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