About this object

A framed portrait of Chogyal Thutob Namgyal (1860-1914). He is sitting face sideways on (to hide a hare-lip), the mouth area has also been painted over. He is wearing a Tibetan style silk brocade robe with long sleeves and three British India insignia. He wears a Tibetan style summer hat with silk fringing, a large finial and a large tassle, extending beyond the neck. He is seated on a European-style chair, that is placed on a tiger rug, in front of a photography studio painted backdrop. The portrait is signed and dated.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Photography
  • Culture
    Sikkimese
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Asia: Southern Asia: India: West Bengal: Darjeeling
  • Date made
    1912-01-27
  • Materials
    Gilt Metal; Pigment; Paper Plant; Wood
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    From the Collection of Sir Charles Bell
  • Collector
    Charles Alfred Bell
  • Place collected
    Asia: Southern Asia: India: West Bengal: Darjeeling
  • Date collected
    1912
  • Measurements
    410 mm x 270 mm x 30 mm; 16 1/8 in x 10 5/8 in x 1 3/16 in
  • Note
    Curator's note: Photograph taken by Th, Parr, Darjeeling. Information courtesy of Anna Balicki, Namgyal Institute of Tibetology, Gangtok, Sikkim

    Written by Emma Martin
  • Related people
    Charles Alfred Bell (Collector); Thutob Namgyal (sitter)

Where is this object from?

Object view = Humanities
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