Monk with prayer wheel

Monk with prayer wheel

2001.35.22.1 (Print Black & White)

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Key Information


Evan Yorke Nepean


Evan Yorke Nepean

Date of Photo

August 4th - 5th 1936


Chumbi Valley Region > Gautsa

Accession number


Image Dimensions

90 x 58 mm

Monk with prayer wheel in the Chumbi Valley when the Mission party under Sir Basil Gould was en route from Gautsa to Phari. The monk is holding a prayer wheel and has an umbrella in his backpack. Other photographs of this man reveal that he was also carrying a large thanka [see 2001.35.23.1 & 2001.35.24.1]

Further Information

Photographic Process

Print silver

Date Acquired

Loaned August 2002

Donated by

Judy Goldthorp


British Diplomatic Mission to Lhasa 1936-37

Photo also owned by

Lady Nepean

Previous Catologue Number


This Image also appears in another collection

2001.35.396.7.4 1998.131.129

Other Information

Notes on print/mount - '2-022; 49; Lhama with prayer wheel'. [KC 24/07/2006]

Other Information - Related Images

Other Information - Related Images: Caption for this image in Nepean's album (see Same Image As) - 'Itinerant Monk in the Chumbi Valley'. [MS 28/07/2006]

Other Information - Related Images

Other Information - Related Images: The negative for this print is to be found in the Frederick Spencer Chapman collection at the PRM [1998.131.129]. The reference 'YN.13' has been scratched into the negative [MS 24/07/2006]

Other Information - Dates

Other Information - Dates: It seems likely that this image was taken on August 5th 1936 because the images taken by Nepean appear to have been ordered and numbered broadly chronologically. Furthermore, in his account of events for August 5th 1936, Chapman states: "Met three begging monks. The chief one, a gaunt old man with a lovely copper prayer wheel bound with silver, had a large religious painting which he explained to us in a queer chanting voice. Filmed him." ['Lhasa: The Holy City', F. Spencer Chapman, London: Chatto & Windus, 1938, p.30]. This image is related through Nepean's album in the Pitt Rivers Museum with two other images showing this man as part of a group and with a thanka painting, as well as having a prayer wheel and Chapman's description, may, therefore, relate to the encounter with this monk [MS 09/03/2006]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Monk with prayer wheel" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <>.

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