About this object

A large group portrait recording the installation of Tashi Namgyal, 11th Chogyal or King of Sikkim (seated third from right) on 19th February 1915. This was a simple installation due to the royal household still being in mourning following the death of Sidkyong Tulku. A larger, more elaborate coronation took place on 16th May 1916. Seated are, Kunzang Dechen (seated fifth from right), Charles Bell, Political Officer for Sikkim (fourth from right) and Tashi Namgyal (third from right). Behind the seated row are several rows of European, Sikkimese and Tibetan lay and monastic officials. In the first standing row is Achuk Tsering, the Confidential Clerk to Charles Bell (far left), Dr Graham of the Dr Graham Homes, Kalimpong stands behind his left shoulder and Lobzang Choden (far left) the prominent Sikkimese landlord. Chonyi, the Maharaj Kumari of Sikkim stands behind Charles Bell's right shoulder.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Asia: Southern Asia: India: Sikkim: Gangtok
  • Date made
    19 February 1915
  • Materials
    Glass; 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: Sikkim: Gangtok
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    342 mm x 437 mm x 14 mm; 13 7/16 in x 17 3/16 in x 9/16 in
  • Note
    Curator's note:
    Identifications courtesy of Anna Balikci, Namgyal Institute of Tibetology, Gangtok Sikkim.

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

Where is this object from?

Object view = Humanities
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