Fresco in Sera Monastery

Fresco in Sera Monastery

1998.131.361 (Print black & white)

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Key Information


Frederick Spencer Chapman


Frederick Spencer Chapman

Date of Photo

October 18th 1936


Lhasa Area > Sera

Accession number


Image Dimensions

120 x 163 mm

Fresco at the entrance to Sera monastery of one of the four guardians of Buddhism, Vaisravana (Guardian of the North) holding a 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.8.21 [view film roll]

Previous Pitt Rivers Museum Number


Other Information

Notes on print/mount - The reference 'C-8/21' has been written on the back of the print in pencil [MS 21/03/2006]

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - 'Painting on Sera temple porch' [MS 21/03/2006]

Other Information - Related Images

Other Information - Related Images: Images prefixed with 'C.8' comprise a group of negatives containing images of the Potala and Lhasa, officials coming through Pargo Kaling, the Turquoise Bridge, Tsarong, Trimon, views from and of Sera, a woman washing clothes, a shepherd with a sling and football teams. They seem to have been taken October 13th - 20th 1936 [MS 16/03/2006]

Other Information - Description: " ... magnificent frescoes on the outer walls of the temples, and hanging 'tankas' within, more beautiful and richer in colour than any we have seen elsewhere. These depicted conventional subjects such as the Wheel of Life, a superb blazing god of wrath ten feet high surrounded by a thousand lesser deities, and a line of seated Buddhas, each with a different expression" ['Lhasa Mission, 1936: Diary of Events', Part VIII p. 2, written by Chapman] [MS 21/03/2006]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Fresco in Sera Monastery" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <>.

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