Barkhor, Lhasa

Barkhor, Lhasa

BMR. (Album Print black & white)

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Key Information


Frederick Spencer Chapman


Hugh E. Richardson

Date of Photo

October 27th 1936


Lhasa > Barkhor >

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Street scene in Lhasa looking east away from the Kashag or Cabinet building and the main square leading from the Jokhang temple. A large prayer pole can be seen in the middle of frame, the Sharkyareng. Houses and stalls on the barkhor can be seen. On the day on which this photograph was taken, the Mission had lunched with the Chikyak Khenpo and a few members had then gone into the centre of the town to take images of the rooftops and of the Chinese wireless aerial in order to make an assessment of it

Further Information

Photographic Process

Print gelatin silver


British Diplomatic Mission to Lhasa 1936-37

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Donated to the British Museum in 1986 by Hugh E. Richardson

Previous Catologue Number

C.5.3 [view film roll]

Related Collections

F. S. Chapman Collection in the Pitt Rivers Museum

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Other Information

Notes on print/mount - 'Lhasa City S. E. [south east]' has been written beneath the image in the album in pencil, apparently not by Hugh Richardson [MS 10/06/2006]

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]: 'View down onto Lhasa city (note p.poles and yaks tail) looking east'; PRM Manuscripts Collection: ‘List of Tibetan Prints and Negatives’ - Book 1, From Gangtok to the Natu La August 1936: ‘37/2 - View down Lhasa street with stalls. Notice prayer pole ornament with yaks tails’ [MS 10/06/2006]

Other Information - Album: This image appears alongside two others of central Lhasa on page 13 of Hugh Richardson's album 'Lhasa 1936' [MS 10/06/2006]

Other Information - Related Images

Other Information - Related Images: C.5.3 [BMR.] is taken from the same vantage point, but looking in the opposite direction down the street [MS 10/06/2006]

Other Information - Setting

Other Information - Setting: Mission Diary entry for October 27th 1936: "We all lunched with the Chikyab Khempo, a mild and courteous white haired monk who is the head of the Ecclesiastical party. (A copy of the bill of fare is attached to this diary). // After this party several of us rode down to the bazaar with the ostensible intention of photographing the roofs of Lhasa. Actually our wireless experts wanted to see the Chinese aerial so that they could guess on what wave-length it worked" ['Lhasa Mission, 1936: Diary of Events', Part VIII p.3, written by Chapman] [MS 24/03/2006]

Other Information - Related Images

Other Information - Related Images: Images prefixed with 'C.5.' comprise a group of negatives containing images of Chikyak Khenpo, the house where the Mission met him for lunch, and views of Lhasa city, all of which seem to have been taken on October 27th 1936 [MS 27/03/2006]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Barkhor, Lhasa" 05 Dec. 2006. The British Museum. <>.

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