Hermitage between Reting and Phondo

Hermitage between Reting and Phondo

1998.286.232.1 (Glass negative)

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Key Information


Sir Charles Bell or Rabden Lepcha?


Sir Charles Bell

Date of Photo

August 28th 1921


Rongchu Valley Region > Reting > Hermitage

Accession number


Image Dimensions

78 x 103

Hermitage or ritrö between Reting and Phondo where the Hutuktu of Reting Monastery retired for religious meditation

Further Information

Photographic Process

Negative Quarter Plate

Date Acquired

Donated 1983

Donated by

St Antony's College, Oxford

Copy difference



Sir Charles Bell's Mission to Lhasa 1920-21

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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] Q219 (j) Hermitage (Ri-trö) above Re-ting. Here the High Priest (Hutuktu) retires for religious meditation (tsam) from time to time. Here also the Dalai Lama spent some time when he visited Re-ting. [Remarks] L 228."

Other Information - Dates

Other Information - Dates: At the end of August Sir Charles Bell and Robert Kennedy went on a tour of the country north of Lhasa to Reting monastery. This photograph was taken on this trip. Bell states in his Diary for August 28th that he travelled to Phondo, 7 miles from Talung and took a photograph of a hermitage on a hill whilst en route [Diary Vol. XII, pp. 41-46] [MS 17/9/2004]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Hermitage between Reting and Phondo" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <http://tibet.prm.ox.ac.uk/photo_1998.286.232.1.html>.

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