Vanished Kingdoms

Tibet kitchen

Lantern slide, hand colored, Archuen Kitchen, Tibet, 1923. Frederick Wulsin Collection. PM 56-55-60/15669.1.

Janet Wulsin & the Exploration of China, Mongolia, and Tibet, 1921–1925

April 11, 2007–November 9, 2007

In 1921, Janet Elliott Wulsin set out with her husband, Frederick Wulsin—a Harvard educated naturalist and explorer—for northwest China. There she recorded the sights of Imperial China, Inner Mongolia, and the hills of Tibet. Capturing this exotic world with her extensive writings and haunting photographs, she documented a way of life that was soon to disappear.

Vanished Kingdoms chronicles Janet Wulsin's growing self-confidence and interest in China's western frontier. Her daughter, Mabel H. Cabot, discusses this true story of a curious and brave woman who traveled through the mountains of western China, across the Alashan Desert by camel, and into the upper regions of northeast Tibet.

This exhibition was created by the Peabody Essex Museum and curated by Mabel H. Cabot.