Changpa people

Changpa people

1998.286.311 (Glass negative)

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Key Information


Rabden Lepcha?


Sir Charles Bell

Date of Photo

February/March 1921



Accession number


Image Dimensions

78 x 103

Two Changpa women and a Changpa man from the Changtang graziers

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] LII. [Subject of Chapter] Tribes to the North [Subject of Illustration] Q248 (b) Two Chang-pa women and a Chang-pa man (between them and behind) from the Chang-tang graziers."

Other Information - Related Images

Other Information - Related Images: Bell does not distinguish in his List of Illustrations between 1998.286.259 and 1998.286.311 even though they are different images; both may be referenced by his caption for Q.248 [MS 13/8/2004]

Other Information - Dates

Other Information - Dates: A date range of February-March 1921 has been suggested for this image as it was most common to see Changpa and other minority ethnic groups in Lhasa during this time, as they were visiting Lhasa on pilgrimage, pay taxes and to participate in the ceremonies of the New Year. Image 1998.286.261 of a Changpa encampment has indeed been identified by Bell in his List of Illustrations as a camp established for Changpa people visiting for the New Year [MS 06/03/2006]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Changpa people" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <>.

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