Three men and a coracle boat and sheep

Three men and a coracle boat and sheep

1999.23.2.66 (Print)

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Key Information


H. Staunton ?


Harry Staunton

Date of Photo

June 1940


Lhasa Area

Accession number


Image Dimensions

119 x 79 mm

Three men one of whom is carrying a coracle boat on his back. A pack sheep is being held on a lead beside them. Mountains in the background.

Further Information

Photographic Process

Print gelatin silver

Date Acquired

Donated 1999

Donated by

Diana Hughes


H. Staunton

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Diana Hughes

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Other Information

Notes on print/mount - "Coracle being carried back to Lhasa. Sheep carrying provisions, June 1940" written on reverse of print in blue ink in Staunton's hand.

Contemporary Publication -

Contemporary Publication - 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."

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Three men and a coracle boat and sheep" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <>.

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