Lhalu Lhacham wearing Lhasa headress

Lhalu Lhacham wearing Lhasa headress

1999. (Album Print black & white)

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Key Information


H. Staunton ?


Harry Staunton

Date of Photo

1940 - 1941

Named Person

Lhalu Lhacham



Accession number


Image Dimensions

116 x 90 mm

Lhalu Lhacham (Lady Lhalu) standing with a one-storey building in the background against a wall of which are pitched two tents. She is wearing a beaded Lhasa headress decorated with corals and seed pearls, ear decorations and an amulet box necklace. Her robe is of bracade silk and she is wearing a striped apron.

Further Information

Photographic Process

Print gelatin silver

Date Acquired

Donated 1999

Donated by

Diana Hughes


H. Staunton

Photo also owned by

Diana Hughes

Other Information

Notes on album mount - "Mrs Lhalu" is written in pencil in capital letters below the photograph on the album page. [KC 30/12/2005]

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - "Had a big house with a temple. Two Dalai Lamas came from her family. She had a clear spring and the best known chang (beer). Younghusband's British Mission lived there n 1904." [Hugh Richardson in conversation with Roger Croston, detailed in H. Staunton undated Related Documents File, PRM Manuscript Collections]. [KC 30/12/2005]

Other Information - People

Other Information - People: F Spencer Chapman writes in Lhasa: The Holy City, 1938, London: Chatto and Windus, p. 319, "The lady of Lhalu was of middle age and extremely stout. She wore the most wonderful jewellery, and was more made-up than any Tibetan woman I had seen. Being the daughter of one Kung and the widow of another, she is one of the first ladies of Lhasa. ... Our hostess was wonderfully good company. She and Tsarong, who were old friends, exchanged lively repartee throughout the meal. The lunch was excellent, but our indefatigable hostess made us eat far more than we wanted, and absolutely forced us to drink quantities of excellent but most potent chang..."

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Lhalu Lhacham wearing Lhasa headress" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <http://tibet.prm.ox.ac.uk/photo_1999.>.

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