Settlement and fort at Phari

Settlement and fort at Phari

1999. (Album Print black & white)

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Key Information


H. Staunton ?


Harry Staunton

Date of Photo

1940 - 1941


Chumbi Valley Region > Phari

Accession number


Image Dimensions

118 x 89 mm

A view of the settlement and fort at Phari with snow mountains 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

Notes on album mount - "Phari Dzong" written in pencil below the photograph on the album page. [KC 11/1/2006]

Other Information - Setting

Other Information - Setting: F Spencer Chapman writes in Lhasa: The Holy City , 1940, London: Readers Union Ltd, p.34, "Most writers agree that Phari is a bleak and filthy place with no redeeming feature except its superb surroundings. In the afternoon I went to look at the fort. The roads are deep in mud and dung ... There are great piles of dung on all sides. ... The streets themselves are so choked with the accumulated garbage of centuries that they are many feet higher than formerly and in most cases actually obscure the ground-floor windows; when leaving the road to enter the courtyards round which most of the houses are built on steps down a considerable distance." [KC 7/12/2005]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Settlement and fort at Phari" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <>.

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