1998.285.516 (Glass negative)
Willoughby Patrick Rosemeyer
Sir Charles Bell
88 x 139 mm
Negative glass plate gelatin , Copy Negative
St. Antony's College, Oxford
Sir Charles Bell
Sir Charles Bell; Royal Central Asiatic Society
British Library, Oriental and India Office Collections
'The People of Tibet', Sir Charles Bell, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1928 [view list of illustrations]
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 - 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: 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. <http://tibet.prm.ox.ac.uk/photo_1998.285.516.html>.
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