Phari with mountains in the background

Phari with mountains in the background

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

120 x 88 mm

A view of Phari with dogs and horses in the foreground and mountains in the background. The houses are constructed of mud brick and have branches with prayer flags fluttering on the roofs. There is a temple on the far right of the image with white walls. The dogs in the foreground appear to be tearing something apart.

Further Information

Photographic Process

Print gelatin silver

Date Acquired

Donated 1999

Donated by

Diana Hughes


H. Staunton

Photo also owned by

Diana Hughes

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - "Phari Gompa. Pomori range" [Hugh Richardson in conversation with Roger Croston, detailed in H. Staunton undated Related Documents File, PRM Manuscript Collections] [KC 7/12/2005]

Other Information - Album: This image appears in Staunton's personal album on a page (1999.23.1.7) with three other images. [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]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Phari with mountains in the background" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <>.

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