Two men laden with tea, Szechuan China, 1908

January 28, 2016

Men laden with tea

Two men laden with tea, Szechuan China, 1908

Men laden with tea

Western Szechuan. Men laden with “Brick Tea” for Thibet. One man’s load weighs 317 lbs. Avoird. the other’s 298 lbs. Avoird.!! Men carry this Tea as far as Tachien-lu accomplishing about 6 miles per day over vile roads. Altitude 5,000 ft. [Information from label in photograph album.] 15.5 x 20.5 cm. Emulsion on glass.

Men laden with tea

[Title from label in photograph album.]
Alternate Title: Two men, one facing camera, carrying large parcels of tea on their backs
Photograph by Ernest Henry Wilson (1876-1930), American, English
Sichuan Sheng, China
July 30, 1908

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s HOLLIS+ catalog.

Ernest Henry Wilson (1876-1930) was the furthest traveled of all the Arnold Arboretum’s plant explorers of the early twentieth century. It is not an overstatement to credit Wilson with bringing Eastern Asian botany, history, and culture to widespread interest in western society.

Many thousands more Botanical and Cultural Images of Eastern Asia are available in our Visual Archives, along with the Papers of Ernest Henry Wilson, 1896-1952.

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