One of the Trunyik Chempo, Dekyi Lingka

One of the Trunyik Chempo, Dekyi Lingka

1998.131.421 (Print black & white)

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Key Information


Frederick Spencer Chapman


Frederick Spencer Chapman

Date of Photo

January 4th 1937

Named Person



Lhasa > Dekyi Lingka

Accession number


Image Dimensions

159 x 109

One of the Trunyik Chempo, or leaders of the Ecclesiastical Party who acted as personal secretaries to the Dalai Lama. Mission tents in background. On this day the Mission had invited the four Trunyik Chempo to lunch at the Dekyi Lingka

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

BI.7 [view film roll]

Previous Pitt Rivers Museum Number


Other Information

Notes on print/mount - 'BI.7' has been written on the back of the print in pencil [MS 24/03/2006]

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]: 'T.C [Trungi Chumbo] others on full v.' [MS 24/03/2006]

Other Information - Related Images

Other Information - Related Images: Images prefixed with 'BI' comprise a group of negatives containing images of the Lord Chamberlain [‘Trungi Chumbo’], Ramba, Khampa people, Mongolian women, Lhasa, Iamtso, Lalu Se, Lalu Monastery. They seem to have been taken between January 4th - 9th 1937, with this image apparently being taken on January 4th 1937 [MS 24/03/2006]

Other Information - Setting

Other Information - Setting: Mission Diary for January 4th 1937: "The four Trungyi Chempos came to lunch. They represent the Cabinet of the Ecclesiastical Party. Each wore the usual flowing mulberry-coloured monk's robe over his yellow silk shirt; and to show their high office, a section of very beautiful vermillion and gold brocade was let into the middle of their ample sleeves. Lunch was followed by the usual cinema performance. By special request of the Monk Commander-in-chief we started with a film we have taken of the Tibetan army" ['Lhasa Mission, 1936: Diary of Events', Part XII p.2, written by Chapman] [MS 24/03/2006]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "One of the Trunyik Chempo, Dekyi Lingka" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <>.

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