About this object

A leather bound photographic album embossed in gold with the word 'TIBET'. Each image is captioned, contents as follows:
Page 1 - Self [Charles Bell] marching against the wind in November in Dochen 15,000 above sea level.
Page 2 - Chomolhari from Tuna
Page 3 - Looking across Kyi Chu valley, 12 miles below Lhasa / Looking across and down the Kyi Chu from Reting
Page 4 - The frozen waterfall at Do Ta, with river in foreground
Page 5 - Icicles from irrigation channel supported by wooden beams and stone wall, near Gyantse
Page 6 - View of Chumbi Valley above Rinchengang
Page 7 - Houses in Rinchengang
Page 8 - Cantilever bridge over Tang-kar Chu 1 1/2 miles from Shasima
Page 9 - Bridge over Tang-kar Chu
Page 10 - Gautsa
Page 11 - Gautsa
Page 12 - Dalai Lama blessing Tibetans at Yatung with tassle
Page 13 - Yatung in summer / Kam pu river
Page 14 - Old fort at Dechen, 14 miles east of Lhasa
Page 15 - Part of Gyantse town, monastery in background
Page 16 - Pipitang Yamen
Page 17 - Ruins of the Chinese barracks at Chorten Kar-po
Page 18 - Iron suspension bridge at Phondo
Page 19 - Ponies crossing a landslide
Page 20 - Pack yaks with three men resting
Page 21 - Mules laden with wool
Page 22 - The richest trader in Gyantse sitting at her stall in the market
Page 23 - Rug sellers in Gyantse
Page 24 - Taking lunch with chopsticks
Page 25 - Harvesters at Gyantse at mid-day meal
Page 26 - Women brings barley flour (right), rice (centre) and butter as government revenue to Gyantse Jong
Page 27 - Tibetan steel yard and measure
Page 28 - Fettered convict in Gyantse
Page 29 - Jovial convict and beggars
Page 30 - Fettered convict in Gyantse / Beggars saluting in Nyang valley
Page 31 - Children dressed up for playing / School at Gyantse
Page 32 - Kusho Lungshar and the four Tibetan boys
Page 33 - Chinese trader and Tibetan wife and nurse sitting in front with child
Page 34 - Tibetan lady in full headdress
Page 35 - Nuns travelling
Page 36 - Tibetan beggar - woman
Page 37 - Priest with prayer wheel and rosay in Chumbi valley
Page 38 - Box of images carried by itinerant priest
Page 39 - Box of images carried by itinerant priest; box open
Page 40 - Itinerant priest
Page 41 - 'Green Drolma' in gorge near sangong - Tibetans worshipping her
Page 42 - The Tashi Lama in procession in sedan chair, followed by state umbrella, arriving at Gyantse
Page 43 - Tashi Lhunpo Monastery
Page 44 - Tse chen monastery and bridge
Page 45 - Masked Lamas at Ne nying monastery
Page 46 - The Chorten in the Palkor Chode Monastery at Gyantse
Page 47 - A large Chorten

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Asia: Central Asia: Tibet [China]: Ü-Tsang
  • Date made
    1912 - 1917
  • Materials
    Skin Leather; Gilt Metal; Paper Cardboard; Paper Plant
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    From the Collection of Sir Charles Bell
  • Collector
    Charles Alfred Bell
  • Place collected
    Asia: Central Asia: Tibet [China]: Ü-Tsang
  • Date collected
    1912 - 1917
  • Measurements
    200 mm x 250 mm x 50 mm; 7 7/8 in x 9 13/16 in x 1 15/16 in
  • Note
    Curator's note: It is difficult to put an exact date on the photographs from this album, as it seems the events represented happened during several tours of southern Tibet and also during the 13th Dalai Lama's return to Tibet in 1912. It is likely that some of these photographs were collected from other sources.

    Written by Emma Martin
  • Related people
    13th Dalai Lama (sitter); 9th Panchen Lama (sitter); Charles Alfred Bell (Collector)

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  • 13th Dalai Lama's exile in British India 1910-1912

    Start date: 1910
    End date: 1910
    Description: Following an increase in hostilities between China and Tibet and the arrival of two thousand Chinese troops into Lhasa, the 13th Dalai Lama and a small entourage fled Lhasa during the night of 12 February 1910. Having been cut off from travelling to Mongolia they decided to head for British India and Sikkim. They rode hard with Chinese troops following closely behind them. A young member of the entourage Chensal Namgang (who would later become Tsarong Shapé), along with a small party, held back the Chinese troops at Chaksam Ferry giving the Dalai Lama time to make it to Phari, where W P Rosemeyer, a British India telegraph engineer gave him protection at a dak bungalow. The following day the Dalai Lama rode on to Yatung, where he was again given protection by David Macdonald (British Trade Agent), he finally rode on to Gnatong and to British India protection on 21st February 1910. Charles Bell was the officer in charge of the Dalai Lama and his entourage, during his time in British India and the two men developed a strong friendship during this event. The Dalai Lama was to stay in British India for over 2 years, only returning to Lhasa once Chinese troops had been removed and the intense fighting in Lhasa had stopped. This event would trigger the Dalai Lama's proclamation of Tibetan Independence in February 1913 and a series of modernising reforms.

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