Kampa dancers at Dekyi Lingka

Kampa dancers at Dekyi Lingka

1999. (Album Print black & white)

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Key Information


H. Staunton ?


Harry Staunton

Date of Photo

1940 - 1941


Lhasa > Dekyi Lingka >

Accession number


Image Dimensions

116 x 74 mm

Kampa dancers disrobing after their performance outside the Dekyi Lingka. There are a number of children among their number. Trees in the background.

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

Other Information: Related Images: See 1999. for another image of the dancers performing. [KC 10/1/2006]

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - "Outside the Dekyi Lingka" [Hugh Richardson in conversation with Roger Croston, detailed in H. Staunton undated Related Documents File, PRM Manuscript Collections]

Other Information - Cultural Background

Other Information - Cultural Background: F Spencer Chapman describes visits by Kampa dancers at the Dekyi Linka in Lhasa: the Holy City, 1938, London: Chatto and Windus, "Another form of entertainment was provided by troupes of dancers who appearedfrom time to time at the Dekyi Lingka. One group, known as the Kampa Dancers - since this form of dancing originated in Kham - were skillful acrobats. These were professional players who toured southern Tibet and even went down to Gangtok and Kalimpong. ... Dancing, except when performed by the monks, is considered a very low-caste occupation, and all the performers ... seemed to be very poor." (pp. 272-3)

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Kampa dancers at Dekyi Lingka" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <http://tibet.prm.ox.ac.uk/photo_1999.>.

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