Monks in Chumbi Valley with thanka

Monks in Chumbi Valley with thanka

2001.35.23.1 (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

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Image Dimensions

90 x 58 mm

Monks with thanka in the Chumbi Valley when the Mission party under Sir Basil Gould was en route from Gautsa to Phari. The monk on the left is holding a prayer wheel and has an umbrella in his backpack.

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

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Other Information - Related Images

Other Information - Related Images: Caption for this image in Nepean's album (see Same Image As) - 'Itinerant Monks with a thangka'. [MS 28/07/2006]

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. "Monks in Chumbi Valley with thanka" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <>.

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