About this object

A framed photograph of the second King and Queen of Bhutan. Jigme Wangchuk (1905 - 1952) stands with his Queen Ashi Phuntsho Choden (1911 - 2003). Both are dressed in exquisite royal Bhutanese outfits. The King wears the insignia of a Knight of the Indian Empire (KCIE). The photograph is framed in a fine walnut frame and glazed.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Asia: Southern Asia: India: West Bengal: Kolkata
  • Date made
  • Materials
    Ink; Paper Plant; Wood Walnut
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    From the Collection of Sir Charles Bell
  • Collector
    Charles Alfred Bell
  • Place collected
    Not recorded
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    330 mm x 265 mm; 13 in x 10 7/16 in
  • Note
    Curator's note: This photograph was taken in Calcutta (now Kolkata) in 1935, during the King's visit to India. It is signed by the King in roman letters, while the Queen has signed it in Bhutanese. The date '1934' has been incorrectly added to the photograph. Michael Aris in his book, 'Raven Crown' notes that this photograph was, 'presented to Colonel and Mrs F.M. Bailey. Many copies of this photograph were later distributed in Bhutan'. Bell is likely to have received a copy following his private trip to Tibet, China, Mongolia and Manchuria which he took between 1933-1934.

    Written by Emma Martin
  • Related people
    Frederick Marshman Bailey (original sent to); Charles Alfred Bell (Collector)
Object view = Humanities
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