Caravan crossing Yamdrok Tso

Caravan crossing Yamdrok Tso

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Key Information


Frederick Spencer Chapman


Hugh E. Richardson

Date of Photo

February 1937


Yamdrok Tso Region > Nagartse

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A caravan of men, mules and donkeys crossing the frozen Yamdrok Lake. This is probably the Mission caravan on their return journey from Lhasa in February 1937. The caravan is walking in single file across the lake and the man at the front of the line seems to be tapping the ice to check how strong it is. The village of Nagartse can be seen in the distance. The low hills around the lake are free of snow but the landscape recedes towards a high snow-covered peak, Nordzin dzongka, in the centre of the image. The lake near Nagartse was relatively shallow and therefore readily froze over during the winter months, providing a shortcut for travellers crossing the lake

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Photographic Process

Print gelatin silver

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British Diplomatic Mission to Lhasa 1936-37

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Donated to the British Museum in 1986 by Hugh E. Richardson

Previous Catologue Number

E.17 [view film roll]

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F. S. Chapman Collection in the Pitt Rivers Museum

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The Tibet Album. "Caravan crossing Yamdrok Tso" 05 Dec. 2006. The British Museum. <>.

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