Chomolhari from Phari

Chomolhari from Phari

1998.285.40 (Glass negative)

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Key Information


Sir Charles Bell or Rabden


Sir Charles Bell

Date of Photo



Chumbi Valley Region > Chomolhari (from Phari)

Accession number


Image Dimensions

120 x 163 mm

Chomolhari seen from Phari.

Further Information

Photographic Process

Negative glass plate gelatin , Negative Half Plate

Date Acquired

Donated 1983

Donated by

St Antony's College, Oxford.

Copy difference

Copy Neg


Sir Charles Bell

Photo also owned by

Royal Central Asiatic Society

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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] III. [Subject of Chapter] Mountains, Rivers, Lakes, Climate, Rainfall and Trade Routes. [Subject of illustration] H 39 (e) Chomolhari, from Phari. [Where placed - book page] I, 1"

Contemporary Publication -

Contemporary Publication - Published in 'Tibet Past & Present', Bell, C. A., Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1924, facing p.1: "Mt Chomolhari at the head of the Chumbi Valley" [MS 7/9/2004]

Other Information - Description: "For the villages situated where cold or lack of sunshine prevents the crops from ripening, existence is hard, though to the Tibetan himself it is nothing out of the common. Such a one is 'Frozen Water' (Chu-kya) on the Pa-ri plain at the foot of the Cho-mo Lhari, a snow mountain towering nine thousand feet above it. The villages subsist by means of their sheep, yaks, and dri . They have also a few fields of barley, which never ripens. So they sell the straw with its unripe grain, to the traders passing through to India and back again. The traders give this to their ponies and mules; it is greatly prized as fodder and commands a high price." 'The People of Tibet', Bell, C. A., Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1928, pp. 59-60

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Chomolhari from Phari" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <>.

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