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A.T. "Arch" Steele Photographs


In 1939, A.T. "Arch" Steele, an American foreign correspondent for the Chicago Daily News, living in China, traveled to the Kumbum Monastery in Northern Tibet to see the 4 year old child from Amdo, who was being examined for signs, as proof of his claim to the throne of Tibet as the fourteenth Dalai Lama. In 1944 Arch was granted a passport to Lhasa to again visit with the now enthroned fourteenth Dalai Lama, who was then nine years old.

These photographs were taken by Steele in 1939 at the Kumbum Monastery and in 1944 during his travels to Lhasa, and they were subsequently donated to the Center for Asian Studies at Arizona State University in Tempe. Steele wrote the texts presented in the "Description" field.


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A caravan crossing the Nyapso-la (pass) on route to China (Central Tibet).

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Steele, A.T.
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1944
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A pilgrim passing along the Sacred Way, around the Potala at Lhasa. Note that the path is lined with carved stone and other religious objects.

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Steele, A.T.
Created Date
1944
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1944
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A street in Phari, Tibet, sometimes called the "highest, windiest, dirtiest city in the world".

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Steele, A.T.
Created Date
1944
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A Tibetan monk on pilgrimage. He carries a spear.

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Steele, A.T.
Created Date
1944
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Steele, A.T.
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1944
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Steele, A.T.
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1944
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Archway of stones and prayer flags over the 16,400 foot pass of Kharo-la, on road to Lhasa.

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Steele, A.T.
Created Date
1944
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Contributors
Steele, A.T.
Created Date
1944