Gun and arrow shooting competition at Gyantse

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1998.285.516 (Glass negative)

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Key Information


Willoughby Patrick Rosemeyer


Sir Charles Bell

Date of Photo




Accession number


Image Dimensions

88 x 139 mm

Gun and arrow shooting at Gyantse. At the starting point, showing Tibetan prong guns.

Further Information

Photographic Process

Negative glass plate gelatin , Copy Negative

Date Acquired

Donated 1983

Donated by

St. Antony's College, Oxford

Copy difference

Copy Neg


Sir Charles Bell

Photo also owned by

Sir Charles Bell; Royal Central Asiatic Society

Previous Catologue Number


Previous Pitt Rivers Museum Number


Related Collections

British Library, Oriental and India Office Collections


'The People of Tibet', Sir Charles Bell, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1928 [view list of illustrations]

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - Bell's List of Illustrations entry: "[No. of chapter] XXVII. [Subject of Chapter] Amusements. [Subject of illustration] P.269 (gl) (bl) Gun and arrow shooting at Gyantse. At the starting point, showing Tibetan prong guns. [Remarks] Rosemeyer's"

Contemporary Publication -

Contemporary Publication - Published in 'The People of Tibet', Bell, C. A., Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1928, facing p.281:"Gun and arrow shooting at Gyangtse. Competitors with their prong guns."

In Negative - There may possibly have been use of an intensifying process on this negative [MS 28/7/2004]

Other Information - Dates

Other Information - Dates: A date range of 1904- 1922 has been given for this image because 1904 marks the setting up of the Gyantse Trade Agency, and 1922 is the first date that one can determine that Rosemeyer went to Lhasa officially. [King, W. H. The Telegraph to Lhasa in 'The Geographical Journal', Vol. LXIII No.6, June 1924: 529] [MS 29/7/2004]

Contemporary publication - This image has been published in Charles Bell,
The People of Tibet (Oxford, 1928), facing p.281: 'Gun and arrow shooting competition at Gyangtse/ Competitors with their prong guns'. [PG 2/5/2003]

Exhibition - This image has been exhibited in the permanent display of photographs showing weapons at the Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford, c.1994 onwards: 'ASIA, TIBET, GYANTSE. At the starting point of gun and arrow shooting at Gyantse, showing the Tibetan prong guns. Photographer: Sir Charles Bell, 1920.' Note that both the attribution and date given here are incorrect, and that the photograph was in fact taken by Willoughby Rosemeyer. [PG 14/4/2004]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Gun and arrow shooting competition at Gyantse" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <>.

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