1998.285.278.1 (Glass negative)
Sir Charles Bell
May 18th 1921?
Lhasa > Norbu Lingka > Lukhang
120 x 163 mm
Negative glass plate gelatin , Negative Half Plate
St Antony's College, Oxford.
Lantern Varnish Intensifier
Sir Charles Bell's Mission to Lhasa 1920-21
Royal Central Asiatic Society
'Tibet Past & Present', Sir Charles Bell, Oxford: The Clarendon Press, 1924 [view list of illustrations]
Manual Catalogues - Bell's List of Illustrations entry: "[No. of chapter] L. [Subject of Chapter] Lhasa [Subject of Illustration] H.254 (p) Artificial pond in Norbu-ling 'Serpent Temple' (Lukang) (left). [Where placed - book page] I,132. [Remarks] L.38"
In Negative - Possibly some use of a thin, glossy transparent film or mask on the negative glass plate over sections of the image, especially of the temple [MS 9/6/2004]
Contemporary Publication - Published in 'Tibet Past & Present', Bell, C. A., Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1924, facing p.132:"The Jewel Park. Lake in the inner enclosure. On the right the pavilion in which the Dalai Lama often sits and works. On the left the Serpent Temple". [MS 20/02/2006]
Other Information - Setting: The temple in the Norbu Lingka is not the most famous Lukhang of Lhasa, which is situated in a park north of the Potala hill [MS 20/02/2006]
Other Information - Dates: This photograph may have been taken on May 18th 1921, when Bell was given a special invitation by the Dalai Lama to enter the inner enclosure of the Norbu Lingka to see the gardens and the progress of the seedlings that he had brought as a present for the Dalai Lama from the Government of India [Bell's Diary Vol. X, pp. 59-60] [MS 20/02/2006]
For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Serpent Temple, Lukhang, in Norbu Lingka" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <http://tibet.prm.ox.ac.uk/photo_1998.285.278.1.html>.
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