Monk at Nechung Monastery

Monk at Nechung Monastery

1998.131.370 (Print black & white)

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Key Information


Frederick Spencer Chapman


Frederick Spencer Chapman

Date of Photo

August 30th 1936


Lhasa Area > Nechung

Accession number


Image Dimensions

170 x 128 mm

Young monk standing in a grove at Nechung monastery with bamboo plants growing in background

Further Information

Photographic Process

Print gelatin silver

Date Acquired

Donated 1994

Donated by

Faith Spencer Chapman


British Diplomatic Mission to Lhasa 1936-37

Photo also owned by

Frederick Spencer Chapman

Previous Catologue Number

C.2.10 [view film roll]

Previous Pitt Rivers Museum Number


Other Information

Notes on print/mount - The reference 'C/2/10' has been written on the back of the print in pencil [MS 22/03/2006]

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]: 'Young monk at [Nechung] monastery'; PRM Manuscripts Collection: ‘List of Tibetan Prints and Negatives’ - Book 2: ‘23/5 - A young monk of Netchung [Nechung] monastery. Notice bamboos growing at 12,000 ft’ [MS 22/03/2006]

Other Information - Related Images

Other Information - Related Images: Images prefixed with 'C.2.' which comprise a group of negatives containing images of the treasurer, a panorama from Drepung, views from Sera and Nechung monastery. They seem all to have been taken on August 30th 1936 [MS 12/03/2006]

Other Information - Setting

Other Information - Setting: "Being Sunday Gould had arranged to have a rest from visitors and arranged a visit to Drepung Gompa, the biggest gompa in Tibet or in the world for that matter. ... The gompa is like a great town on a steeply rising hillside 5 miles out of Lhasa and the numerous buildings, halls and temples rise perforce in terraces with steep alleys and steps between. ... We then proceeded to the "Nachung" or temple of the Great Oracle of Tibet, a mile from Drepung Gompa, where we had a pic-nic lunch under a grove of trees at which we entertained our Tibetan guides and our own clerks, who had accompanied us to Drepung, much to their delight" ['Lhasa Mission, 1936: Diary of Events', for August 30th 1936, p.7, written by Philip Neame] [MS 12/03/2006]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Monk at Nechung Monastery" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <>.

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