Mission staff at Dekyi Lingka

Mission staff at Dekyi Lingka

2001.35.270.1 (Print Black & White)

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Key Information


Frederick Spencer Chapman


Evan Yorke Nepean

Date of Photo

October 1st 1936

Named Person

Amir Khan


Lhasa > Dekyi Lingka

Accession number


Image Dimensions

106 x 82 mm

Group of Mission staff and young aristocratic women who may have acted as 'Chang Girls' at one of the dinners hosted by the mission

Further Information

Photographic Process

Print silver

Date Acquired

Loaned August 2002

Donated by

Judy Goldthorp


British Diplomatic Mission to Lhasa 1936-37

Photo also owned by

Lady Nepean

Previous Catologue Number

C.6.3 [view film roll]

This Image also appears in another collection


Other Information

Notes on print/mount - 'Staff (Sikimese); ink no:39; pencil no: C-6/3'. [KC 05/08/2006]

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]: 'Staff - cook [Amir Khan] etc. and chang girls'; PRM Manuscripts Collection: ‘List of Tibetan Prints and Negatives’ - Book 3: ‘32/1 - More of our staff. Mohammedan cook on left, waiters, chaprassis, and chang girls’ [MS 10/04/2006]

Other Information - Related Images

Other Information - Related Images: Images prefixed with 'C.6' comprise a group of negatives containing images of Trimon and 4th/5th rank officials, Amir Khan and staff, Ringang, lunch party, Yellow Hat Monks, Potala views, Norbhu Lingka stables. They all seem to have been taken between October 1st - 3rd 1936 [MS 30/03/2006]

Other Information - Setting

Other Information - Setting: This photograph seems to have been taken on October 1st 1936 when the Mission hosted a lunch party for 4th rank officials. Richardson wrote in the Mission Diary of this occasion: "We gave a lunch party for 18 guests who were mainly fourth rank officials. Some of the more important officials could not come as they were too busy in arranging for the Regent's departure. The party, though not quite so convivial as that which we gave to the higher officials, was very successful and broke up at about 5 p.m. // The Public Address outfit is a great help in supplementing the Tibetan orchestra" [MS 23/03/2006]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Mission staff at Dekyi Lingka" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <http://tibet.prm.ox.ac.uk/photo_2001.35.270.1.html>.

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