Group of children in Phari with Chomolhari

Group of children in Phari with Chomolhari

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

119 x 88 mm

A group of children and one adult in Phari with the snowy peak of Chomolhari in the background. Two yak calves are lying tethered on the left. There is a house on the left and a reliquary monument (mchod rten) on the right. Prayer flags are suspended above some of the buildings.

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 the album mount - "Phari Dzong" is written in capital letters in pencil on the album page below the photograph. [KC 7/12/2005]

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 one steps down a considerable distance." [KC 7/12/2005]

Other Information - Album: This image appears in Staunton's personal album on a page (1999.23.1.6) with three other images. [KC 6/12/2005]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Group of children in Phari with Chomolhari" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <>.

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