Sir Charles Bell's room in Reting Monastery

Sir Charles Bell's room in Reting Monastery

1998.286.227.1 (Glass negative)

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Key Information


Sir Charles Bell or Rabden Lepcha?


Sir Charles Bell

Date of Photo

August 29th - September 3rd 1921


Rongchu Valley Region > Reting

Accession number


Image Dimensions

78 x 103 mm

Sir Charles Bell's room in Reting Monastery, usually used by the Hukuktu of the monastery

Further Information

Photographic Process

Negative Quarter Plate

Date Acquired

Donated 1983

Donated by

St Antony's College, Oxford


Sir Charles Bell's Mission to Lhasa 1920-21

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] XLIV. [Subject of Chapter] Reting [Subject of Illustration] Q214 (d) My room in Re-ting Monastery. Writing table, chair and fur coat hanging from pillar. To the right a long cabinet of images and bowls of holy water. On the left chintz curtain covering the wall. The Hutuktu's apartment. [Remarks] L.225"

Other Information - Related Images

Other Information - Related Images: Images 1998.286.227(1&2) and 1998.286.999 are all of the same room in Reting Monastery. However, in 1998.286.999 Bell has ensured that more of the table is visible, apparently by drawing back a wall panel [MS 06/03/2006]

Other Information - Description: Bell's Diary for 30th August 1921:"We are accommodated in the Hutuktu's quarters, three rooms for us, with others for clerk and servants. Our rooms are beautifully clean, sunny and well furnished with chintz hangings and white felt rugs and Chinese rugs on the floors. In my bedroom is a large cabinet lacquered in red and gold, containing fourteen gilt images of deities and lamas, arranged in two tiers, seven on each tier." [Diary Vol. XII, p.53]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Sir Charles Bell's room in Reting Monastery" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <>.

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