Kyibu and wife

Kyibu and wife

2001.35.343.1 (Print Black & White)

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Key Information


Hugh Richardson?


Evan Yorke Nepean

Date of Photo

February 13th 1937

Named Person

Kyibu, Kyibu's wife


Lhasa > Kyibu's House

Accession number


Image Dimensions

106 x 81 mm

Kyibu, city magistrate, 6th rank official in charge of city police standing with his wife. Full length. Wearing elaborate brocade silk chuba, and other adornments as this was probably taken during the New Year ceremonies in 1937

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

5.4 [view film roll]

This Image also appears in another collection


Other Information

Notes on print/mount - 'Kyipup (Old Rugbian) and wife; ink no: 36; pencil no: 5 - 4 ; blue no:'; from an envelope marked 'Personalities'. [KC 14/08/2006]

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - Caption in Chapman's hand-written list of negatives made whilst on the Mission to Lhasa, 1936-7 [See PRM Manuscripts Collection]: 'Kyipup and wife full'; PRM Manuscripts Collection: ‘List of Tibetan Prints and Negatives’ - Book 2: ‘31/5 - Kyipup and his wife who is a daughter of the Rajah Tering’ [MS 14/08/2006]

Research publication - Clare Harris and Tsering Shakya (eds.), 'Seeing Lhasa: British Depictions of the Tibetan Capital 1936-1947', Chicago: Serindia Publications, 2003, p. 40.

Biographical Information - Kyibu, a 6th rank official in charge of the city police, with his wife. He was one of the four boys sent to England to be educated at Rugby in 1913 (arranged by Sir Charles Bell and the 13th Dalai Lama). Kyibu was married to one of Jigme Taring’s sisters and lived in a house near the Jo khang. He did not do well at Rugby and upon his return to Lhasa was put in charge of developing the telegraph system, which he knew little about, and so retired to the family estates. Spencer Chapman describes him as a “nervous little man with an apologetic air and a straggly moustache”. (1938:86) [CH 2003]

Biographical Information - Kyibu was one of the four boys sent to England to be educated at Rugby in 1913 (this was arranged by Sir Charles Bell and the 13th Dalai Lama). He was married to a member of the Taring/Tering Family. [Marina de Alarcón ZF 1995 4]

Other Information - Related Images

Other Information - Related Images: Images prefixed with '5.' comprise a group of negatives mainly containing images of Kyipup and family and Surkang and family. Images of Surkhang Se in the group have been identified as having probably been taken by Hugh Richardson [see 1998.131.494.1 in Frederick Spencer Chapman collection at PRM] [MS 14/08/2006]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Kyibu and wife" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <>.

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