Sir Charles Bell and guests at Ache Lhamo

Sir Charles Bell and guests at Ache Lhamo

1998.285.162 (Glass negative)

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Key Information


Rabden Lepcha?


Sir Charles Bell

Date of Photo

August 12th - 15th 1921

Named Person

Doring Theji, Duke of Changlochen, Tsarong Shappe, Sir Charles Bell, Ngapo Shappe Parkang, Phunkhang Kung, Lieutenant Colonel Kennedy


Lhasa > Tsetrung Lingka

Accession number


Image Dimensions

120 x 163 mm

Sir Charles Bell with some of the guests at the Ache Lhamo drama that he hosted. Sitting in front of a textile background hanging from carved and painted pillars of a building. Two servants in background. From left to right seated: Dorje Theji, Duke of Changlochen, Minister Tsarong (Shappe), Sir Charles Bell, Minister Ngar-po (Shappe), Priest Minister Parkang (Monk Shappe), Duke of Punkang, Kennedy. Bell and Kennedy are smoking cigars.

Further Information

Photographic Process

Negative glass plate gelatin , Negative Half Plate

Date Acquired

Donated 1983

Donated by

St Antony's College, Oxford.


Sir Charles Bell's Mission to Lhasa 1920-21

Photo also owned by

Royal Central Asiatic Society

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Previous Pitt Rivers Museum Number


Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - Bell's List of Illustrations entry: "[No. of chapter] XXVII. [Subject of Chapter] Amusements. [Subject of Illustration] H139 (k) At my Ache Lhamo. Left to right, Dorje Techi, Duke of Chang-lo-chen, Minister Tsarong, Bell, Minister Ngar-Po, Priest Minister Parkang, Duke of Punkang, Kennedy"

Other Information - Setting

Other Information - Setting: Bell's Diary for 12th August 1921:"I gave a theatrical (Ache Lhamo) entertainment, lasting three days, to some thirty or forty of my Tibetan friends, the total number entertained including servants being 70 to 80. Tibetan custom prescribes that the servants of those invited shall also be fed. In addition to cups of tea, every half hour or so. Two meals are given daily, one about mid-day, and the other about five in the afternoon. Tsarong Shappe, Palha Kenchen and Ngar-po Shappe, who is related to Palhese, are very generous in lending me silk hangings, cups, cooking utensils etc. etc. // The entertainment was given in the Tse-trung Lingka. We, host and guests, sit in the Tro-khang; Kennedy and I with the Shappes and Dukes on the roof under a tent awning; the other guests in the verandah below. The Prime Minister is too unwell to come." [Diary Vol. XI, p.89]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Sir Charles Bell and guests at Ache Lhamo" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <>.

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