Wall painting, Norbu Lingka

Wall painting, Norbu Lingka

1998.131.322 (Print black & white)

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Key Information


Frederick Spencer Chapman


Frederick Spencer Chapman

Date of Photo

December 24th 1936?


Lhasa > Norbu Lingka

Accession number


Image Dimensions

168 x 124 mm

Wall fresco in the Norbu Lingka. Depicts Vaisraiana, Guardian of the North, one of the Buddhist Guardian Kings of the Four Quarters. He holds the banner of victory and a jewel-spitting mongoose.

Further Information

Photographic Process

Print gelatin silver

Date Acquired

Donated 1994

Donated by

Faith Spencer Chapman


British Diplomatic Mission to Lhasa 1936-37

Photo also owned by

Frederick Spencer Chapman

Previous Catologue Number

C.20.15 [view film roll]

Previous Pitt Rivers Museum Number


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Other Information

Notes on print/mount - The print has a large number of crop and reproduction markings written on the back in pencil. These include the reference number 'C-20-15', which relates to the system that Chapman used for his images whilst on the British Mission to Lhasa in 1936-37. Other crop marks include the instruction to cut 21mm from the right hand side, which would remove the section of wall painting that just enters the frame of the image on the right hand side. There is also the instruction 'Cut as shown and reduce to 3 1/2" across. Fit to plate 31b as shown on enclosed layout', written in pencil and enclosed in an oval. The reference 31a has been written in the top left hand corner on the back [MS 28/4/2005]

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - PRM Manuscripts Collection: ‘List of Tibetan Prints and Negatives’ - Book 4: ‘21/3 - Detail of wall paintings in Dalai Lama’s summer palace’ [MS 20/03/2006]

Other Information - Related Images

Other Information - Related Images: Images prefixed with 'C.20' comprise a group of images taken at a ceremony at the Jokhang and in the Norbu Lingka. The images from the Jokhang are not in the PRM collection, but it is possible to date these to December 24th 1936. It seems likely that Chapman may have made a visit to the Norbu Lingka on the same day to take some further images of the interior there. They seem almost certainly to have been taken in the week before January 1937 [MS 18/03/2006]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Wall painting, Norbu Lingka" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <http://tibet.prm.ox.ac.uk/photo_1998.131.322.html>.

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