Tibetan steel yard and a measure known as tre

Tibetan steel yard and a measure known as tre

1998.285.639 (Lantern Slide)

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Key Information


Lt Col R. S. Kennedy?


Sir Charles Bell

Date of Photo



Lhasa Area

Accession number


Image Dimensions

81 x 81 mm

Tibetan steel yard (nya-ka) and a measure known as tre. Two men are standing outside a building; the man in the foreground is holding a bale of wheat suspended from a wooden pole and the measure seems also to be suspended from it; a wooden pole is suspended between two forked branches of wood, as if for hanging objects from it.

Further Information



Photographic Process

Lantern Slide

Date Acquired

Donated 1983

Donated by

St Antony's College, Oxford


Sir Charles Bell's Mission to Lhasa 1920-21

Revised Photographer

Lt Col R. S. Kennedy?

Previous Catologue Number


Previous Pitt Rivers Museum Number


Related Collections

British Library, Oriental and India Office Collections

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - Bell's List of Illustrations entry: "[No. of chapter] XV. [Subject of Chapter] Weights, Measures and Divisions of Time [Subject of Illustration] P.98. (c) Ditto [ref: Q.53 - Tibetan steel yard ( nya-ka ), and measure known as tre .] [Remarks] L.68"

Other Information - Related Images

Other Information - Related Images: The negative from which this lantern slide has been made is not in the PRM Collection. [MS 23/8/2004]

Other Information - Photographer: As this lantern slide is derived from a Postcard-sized negative or print, it was probably not taken by Bell. Instead it may have been taken by Robert Kennedy, who seems to have used this kind of negative [MS 25/02/2006]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Tibetan steel yard and a measure known as tre" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <http://tibet.prm.ox.ac.uk/photo_1998.285.639.html>.

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