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Phot: Lt Col R. S. Kennedy? Willoughby Patrick Rosemeyer?, Coll: Sir Charles Bell, Date: 1920-1921 or 1922, Region: Lhasa, Mrs Taring (left) and Mrs Pemba (right) in Fort at Gyantse. Mrs Taring wears elaborately decorated headdress typical of Gyantse region, while Mrs Pemba wears that typical of Lhasa region. Both wear jewellery such as gau amulet boxes around their necks and other items. Photograph demonstrates very well regional differences in aristocratic women’s dress in Central Tibet.

Photographer:  Sir Charles Bell or Rabden Lepcha?,  Collection:  Sir Charles Bell,  Date of Photo:  1904 – 1921, Region:  Gyantse Bazaar.  The richest trader in Gyantse sitting at her stall in the market, wearing a headdress and neck ornament of beads.

Photographer: Lt. ColR. S. Kennedy? Willoughby, Patrick Rosemeyer?, Collection: Sir Charles Bell, Date of Photo: 1920-1921 or 1922, Region: Lhasa . A Golok woman (left) and a Tsang woman (right) in park in Lhasa. Bell describes them as being ‘two friends’. Both wear regional headdresses, coats, aprons and clothing, amulet boxes, and accessories.

Photographer: Sir Charles Bell or Rabden Lepcha?, Collection: Sir Charles Bell, Date of Photo: May – September 1921, Region: Lhasa.   Three seated women wearing head dresses and charm boxes as part of their costume; seated in one of the parks in Lhasa during a picnic.

Photographer:  Rabden Lepcha?,  Collection:  Sir Charles Bell,  Date of Photo:  March 1st 1921,  Region: Lhasa, Lubu. Four Maids of Honour and two assistants who will serve chang or barley beer to the Yaso officials at the ceremony of the Preparation of the Camp at Lubu, standing outside decorated tents. The women wear coral headdresses, turquoise inlaid amulet boxes or gau at the neck and waist, Lhasa style turquoise ear ornaments, and strings of pearls, corals and other precious stones.

Photographer: Rabden Lepcha?, Collection: Sir Charles Bell, Date of Photo: 1920-1921, Region: LhasaThis is a portrait of an aristocratic woman of Lhasa wearing typical Central Tibetan coral and pearl headdress, turquoise ear-rings, a ‘gau’ (amulet box) at her neck, and the married woman’s striped apron. The pose and setting, with the European furniture and textiles of a wealthy Lhasa family.

Tibet 1920 -21 Wife of a lay official in Lhasa dress . She wears a headdress made mostly of pearls and a few large corals, Lhasa style turquoise earrings, a necklace of corals and pearls, and a gold charm box set with turquoises, sapphires, diamonds and rubies.

LHASA, CHINA - APRIL 5: (CHINA OUT) A Tibetan woman twists wool in front of her house while her grandsons herd sheep on April 5, 2005 in Lhasa of Tibet, China. Most of the Tibet nomads keep the custom of weaving and wearing handmade clothes. The Tibetan Sheep Wool is an ideal warm-keeping material in the plateau area. (Photo by China Photos/Getty Images)