Birds at Sky Burial

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1998.285.526.1 (Film negative)

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Key Information


Unknown photographer


Sir Charles Bell

Date of Photo

1920-1921 or 1922?


Lhasa Area

Accession number


Image Dimensions

137 x 80mm

Birds at Sky Burial. A flock of vultures and a raven. Mountains in the background.

Further Information

Photographic Process

Negative film nitrate

Date Acquired

Donated in 1983

Donated by

St. Antony’s College, Oxford

Copy difference



Sir Charles Bell

Photo also owned by

The Royal Central Asiatic Society

Revised Photographer

Not Bell? Kennedy?

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] XXXI. [Subject of Chapter] Weddings and Funerals. [Subject of illustration] P.314 (f) Vultures and a solitary raven await the corpse-cutting. [Remarks] L.160"

Contemporary Publication -

Contemporary Publication - Published in 'The People of Tibet', Bell, C. A., Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1928, facing p.290:"Vultures and a solitary raven awaiting the end". [PG 2/5/2003]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Birds at Sky Burial" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <>.

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