Yapshi Langdun in Potala

Yapshi Langdun in Potala

1998.131.438 (Print black & white)

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Key Information


Frederick Spencer Chapman


Frederick Spencer Chapman

Date of Photo

August 27th 1936

Named Person



Lhasa > Potala

Accession number


Image Dimensions

156 x 112

The Prime Minister, Yapshi Lungdun, standing full length in formal dress of a yellow silk brocade chuba. Basket of eggs in the background. This photograph seems to have been taken in the Potala

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.1.4 [view film roll]

Previous Pitt Rivers Museum Number


Other Information

Notes on print/mount - 'C1.4' has been written on the front of the print, in the bottom left hand corner, in pencil. It has been printed out on Agfa Brovira paper, which is somewhat unusual for Chapman's photographs [MS 25/03/2006]

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]: 'P. Minister standing - [?] behind' [MS 25/03/2006]

Other Information - Related Images

Other Information - Related Images: Images prefixed with 'C.1' comprise a group of negatives containing images of Gould, Prime Minister, Regent, ‘big’ monk. They all seem to have been taken on August 27th 1936 on the occasion of an official visit to the Potala to meet the Regent and the Prime Minister [MS 25/03/2006]

Other Information - Setting

Other Information - Setting: Mission Diary entry for August 27th 1936: "At 10 AM we all went in uniform to pay our official call on the Regent and Prime Minister in the Potala. // Photos and cine of the procession were taken, for we had a great display with Tibetan guides, chaprasis, clerks etc. ... // First we met the Prime Minister in an ante-room, and then went into the Regent's throne room, small but well-decorated. He is not allowed to use the Dalai Lama's apartments" ['Lhasa Mission, 1936: Diary of Events', Part IV p. 3, written by Neame] [MS 25/03/2006]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Yapshi Langdun in Potala" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <http://tibet.prm.ox.ac.uk/photo_1998.131.438.html>.

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