Ferrying Tsangpo in skin coracles

Ferrying Tsangpo in skin coracles

BMR. (Album Print black & white)

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Key Information


Philip Neame


Hugh E. Richardson

Date of Photo

August 21st 1936


Tsangpo Valley Region > Nyapso La

Accession number


Two coracles made of yak hide stretched over willow frame can be seen at the edge of the Tsangpo River near Nyapso La waiting to take passengers across. The coracles would be made from six hides and two boats would be strapped together to provide stability when crossing the fast flowing river. These coracles would be used when the river was too deep and fast-flowing to use the regular flat-bottomed ferry. The horses were led alongside the boat

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Photographic Process

Print gelatin silver


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

[PN] Q 32 In publication
'Lhasa Mission 1936, Diary of Events', P. Neame, H. Richardson, F. S. Chapman, Government of India Political Department [Note: photographs for October 18th - November 4th 1936 are not included as their relationship to text is not detailed; see Mission Diary text for details of images] [see photos in publication]
[PN] Q 32 [view loan photo]

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F. S. Chapman Collection in the Pitt Rivers Museum

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For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Ferrying Tsangpo in skin coracles" 05 Dec. 2006. The British Museum. <http://tibet.prm.ox.ac.uk/photo_BMR.>.

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