Tibetan women and Lhasa Band at Mission house

Tibetan women and Lhasa Band at Mission house

BMR. (Album Print black & white)

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Key Information


Frederick Spencer Chapman


Hugh E. Richardson

Date of Photo

September 28th 1936


Lhasa > Dekyi Lingka

Accession number


Three Tibetan women sometimes referred to as 'Chang Girls' by British Officials who would attend on guests at formal lunches and other occasions, standing alongside the well-known Lhasa Band who performed at the Dekyi Lingka on a number of occasions. On this day, the Mission was hosting a lunch for Tibetan officials of Cabinet rank

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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

CV.9 [view film roll]

Related Collections

F. S. Chapman Collection in the Pitt Rivers Museum

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]: '3 dancing girls and band semi-shadow'; PRM Manuscripts Collection: ‘List of Tibetan Prints and Negatives’ - Book 3: ‘28/4 - Chang girls sing and dance to music of Tibetan band’ [MS 25/08/2006]

Other Information - Related Images

Other Information - Related Images: Images prefixed with 'CV' comprise a group of negatives containing images of chang girls, dancing girls and band, ‘King’ of Lhadu’s monk, medical work at mission hospital, Gould and Lonchen Shatra, wall painting in Duke’s [Kung] house, Potala from Chakpori, telephoto views of Potala and Kundeling, Gyaltsen, and staff of the mission. They all seem to have been taken between September 28th - 30th 1936 [MS 18/03/2006]

Other Information - Description: Mission Diary entry for September 28th 1936 - "We gave a lunch party to the officials of Cabinet rank. They were the three Shapes, Trimon shape (retired), Tsarong Dzasa, the Chikyap Khempo (head of all the monk officials) and the Yapshi Kung (a relation of a former Dalai Lama). Ringang also came as interpreter. // Before lunch Mr Gould met the Kashag for a brief but profitable business talk. // Our Tibetan guests are easy to entertain and appear to enjoy being entertained. There is never any hurry to break up the party. This one lasted until 5 p.m." ['Lhasa Mission, 1936: Diary of Events', Part VII p.1, written by Richardson] [MS 24/03/2006]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Tibetan women and Lhasa Band at Mission house" 05 Dec. 2006. The British Museum. <http://tibet.prm.ox.ac.uk/photo_BMR.>.

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