Harry Staunton in a coracle leaving Lhasa, Sept 1 1940

Harry Staunton in a coracle leaving Lhasa, Sept 1 1940

1999. (Album Print black & white)

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Key Information




Harry Staunton

Date of Photo

September 1st 1940

Named Person

Harry Staunton, Kyibu , Bo Tsering


Lhasa Area

Accession number


Image Dimensions

116 x 90 mm

Harry Staunton wearing a topee standing in a coracle boat together with the oarsman. There is another coracle boat moored beside it on the shore. Rai Bahadur Norbhu Dhondup is standing on the shore beside the boats wearing an overcoat over his Tibetan robes and a Homburg hat. Next to him is Kyipup and on the right is S.A.S Bo Tsering.

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: "Sept 1st 1940 leaving Lhasa" is written in pencil in capital letters beside the photograph on the album page. [KC 13/1/2006]

Other Information - Setting

Other Information - Setting: F Spencer Chapman writes ( Lhasa: The Holy City , 1940, London: Readers Union Ltd, p.64) "The coracles are rectangular and made of yak-hide stretched over a framework of willow branches. Each boat is about 8 feet by 6 feet, and weighs 80 - 90 lb. During the crossing they get swept down nearly half a mile, so the boatmen lift the coracles onto their heads and walk up-stream again, afterwards propping the boats up on one oar to dry. They float very high out of the water and are absolutely unstreamlined." [KC 3/1/2006]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Harry Staunton in a coracle leaving Lhasa, Sept 1 1940" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <http://tibet.prm.ox.ac.uk/photo_1999.>.

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