Pilgrim on road to Lhasa

Pilgrim on road to Lhasa

1998.285.673 (Lantern Slide)

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Key Information


Lt Col R. S. Kennedy? Willoughby Patrick Rosemeyer?


Sir Charles Bell

Date of Photo

1920-1921 or 1922


Lhasa > Lingkhor

Accession number


Image Dimensions

81 x 81 mm

Pilgrim prostrating on road to Lhasa; valley in background

Further Information


Ritual Activity

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] XXXII. [Subject of Chapter] The Religion [Subject of Illustration] P.389 (dq) Pilgrim prostrating on road to Lhasa. [Remarks] L. 193 (Y in L)."

Notes on print/mount - '12' has been written in black ink. This slide seems to have been used as slide 12 in the lecture 'A Year in Lhasa', which was first presented at the Royal Geographical Society on 3rd December 1923. The text, with a lesser number of images, was later published in
The Geographical Journal of February 1924. Bell may also have presented this lecture on other occasions about which we have no information at present. [MS 6/9/2004]

Other Information - Cultural Background

Other Information - Cultural Background: Bell's Diary for 20th October 1921:" Kennedy tells me that yesterday we met on the way near Nye-tang a man who had covered the journey by the prostration method all the way from Tashi Lhunpo, a distance of about 180 miles, which would be increased to 200 miles, when he reached Lhasa. It had taken him 3 months and 7 days to cover the 180 miles. He had an ulcer on his forehead, from the latter continually touching the ground. // Parkang Shap-pe told us in Lhasa that people sometimes travel by this prostration method from eastern Tibet to Mt Kailas ( Kang Rimpoche ). The distance must be about 3000 miles for a pilgrim from Tachienlu, and the journey, so made, would take about 7 years." [Diary Vol. XIII, p.39]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Pilgrim on road to Lhasa" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <http://tibet.prm.ox.ac.uk/photo_1998.285.673.html>.

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