Fort, village and monastery at Dechen

Fort, village and monastery at Dechen

1998.285.68 (Glass negative)

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Key Information


Sir Charles Bell or Rabden Lepcha?


Sir Charles Bell

Date of Photo

April 16th 1921


East Kyichu Valley Region > Dechen

Accession number


Image Dimensions

120 x 163 mm

Ruined fort at Dechen, fourteen miles east of Lhasa. Settlement and monastery in foreground.

Further Information

Photographic Process

Negative glass plate gelatin , Negative Half Plate

Date Acquired

Donated 1983

Donated by

St Antony's College, Oxford.


Sir Charles Bell's Mission to Lhasa 1920-21

Photo also owned by

Royal Central Asiatic Society

Previous Catologue Number


Previous Pitt Rivers Museum Number


Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - Bell's List of Illustrations entry: "[No. of chapter] IV. [Subject of Chapter] History up to 1900. [Subject of illustration] H 63 9w) Old fort in ruins at Dechen, 14 miles east of Lhasa. In foreground, to the right, is the village, and to the left a flourishing Monastery, above which, on the ridge, is the monastic chapel"

Other Information - Related Images

Other Information - Related Images: In Bell's list of illustrations, the entries for H62 and H63 do not run consecutively and there seems to have been some confusion with H.68 (for which there is no entry and at which point H63 appears). H63 and H68 [1998.285.75] are almost identical images (although the latter is a sharper image in the contact print). The visual referents of the images have been re-coded as a result. 1998.285.67 incorporates both textually and visually a personal site of encounter in the 'peasant's house where we stayed', but this site has been cut from the scene textually in 1998.285.68, where the site becomes simply 'the village' [see notes for 1998.285.68]. It is not clear whether the peasant house has been cut from the scene visually as well, although 1998.285.67 includes an indistinct (domestic?) structure on the far right which may be the peasant house. This would locate Bell's named site of encounter in 1998.285.67 as being on the outer edges or exterior of the 'village' as defined visually in 1998.285.68. There is a lantern slide for H.62 (L.29) but not for H.63 [MS 14/5/2004]

Other Information - Related Images

Other Information - Related Images: 1998.285.75 and 1998.285.68 appear to be identical images, but when the scanned image is greatly magnified it becomes clear from some slight movement of people in the distance that they were taken a few seconds apart using a tripod [MS 27/02/2006]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Fort, village and monastery at Dechen" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <>.

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