1900s Mongolia photographed by French researchers

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Ulaanbaatar City Museum is hosting a photography exhibition throughout the month of January.  The photos on display were taken by Antoine Henry de Bouillane de Lacoste, a French researcher, during his travels in Mongolia from 1909 to 1912 to carry out geographic and ethnographic studies in the Altai Mountains.

CUBIC TOMB AT KHUSHUU TSAIDAM
CUBIC TOMB AT KHUSHUU TSAIDAM

His trips took him to the Uvs Lake Basin and Selenga River to focus on geographic studies, linguistics, and the religion (particularly shamanism), culture,  traditions, and customs of Mongolians.

A MAN WITH KIDS
A MAN WITH KIDS

A number of his photographs capture nomadic ways, modes of living, and the faces of Mongolians in the 1900s, as well as Ulaanbaatar residents and city facilities.

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The exhibition on view to the public includes 36 photographs, but over 200 photos taken by Bouillane de Lacoste are kept in the National Library of France.

LADIES WITH A GIRL
LADIES WITH A GIRL

Ulaanbaatar City Museum researcher G.Ochbayar said, “The photos are rarely made available for Mongolians to see, and all of them give us the opportunity to take a historical look at life in Mongolia.”

A DOCTOR TREATING PEOPLE
A DOCTOR TREATING PEOPLE
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