Musicians performing folk music on piwang and flute

Musicians performing folk music on piwang and flute

1999. (Album Print black & white)

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Key Information


H. Staunton ?


Harry Staunton

Date of Photo

1940 - 1941



Accession number


Image Dimensions

116 x 87 mm

A group of three musicians seated on cushions. The two musicians on the left are playing piwang one-stringed bowed instruments and the musician on the right, a flute. The latter is Muslim. The musician on the left is wearing dark glasses and is probably blind. There are also two women with Lhasa head-dresses behind the pillar. Two low tables are placed in front of the musicians on which teacups are placed. There is also a large teapot on a brazier on the ground in front of one of the tables. The windows in the background do not appear to have glass but paper panels.

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 - "Kashag Entertains" is written in pencil in capital letters in the middle of the page as a general caption for all four photographs on the page. [KC 3/1/2006]

Notes on print/mount - "Lhasa municipal band" is written on the reverse of the print in blue ink. [KC 3/1/2006]

Other Information - Related image: 1999. [KC 3/1/2006]

Other Information - Setting

Other Information - Setting: F Spencer Chapman writes about this group of musicians in Lhasa: The Holy City, 1938, London: Catto and Windus, "Music was provided before, during and after the meal by an orchestra of three curiously fashioned stringed instruments, and a flute played by a bearded Ladaki with a red fez. The band was led by a blind man who is in such high favour that he enjoys the rare priviledge of being permitted to smoke even in front of the Cabinet. One of the instruments was remarkable in that the bow passed between the two strings." (p. 110-11)

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Musicians performing folk music on piwang and flute" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <>.

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