Crowds at Namdrotagtse ceremony by Potala

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1998.131.542.2 (Contact Print)

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Key Information


Frederick Spencer Chapman


Frederick Spencer Chapman

Date of Photo

February 13th 1937


Lhasa > Potala

Accession number


Image Dimensions

60 x 92

New year ceremony of Namdrotagtse, the 'Sky Dancing Rope Game' or Chakhen Tagshur, or 'Sliding down the rope like a bird'. Performed on 2nd day of the 1st month, King's New Year, at the foot of the Potala. Crowds gather round to watch the ritual as the man stands on the top of the pole preparing to position himself to spin round.

Further Information


Ritual Activity

Date Acquired

Donated 1994

Donated by

Mrs Faith Spencer Chapman


British Diplomatic Mission to Lhasa 1936-37

Photo also owned by

Frederick Spencer Chapman

Previous Pitt Rivers Museum Number


For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Crowds at Namdrotagtse ceremony by Potala" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <>.

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