1998.285.295.1 (Glass negative)
Sir Charles Bell or Rabden Lepcha?
Sir Charles Bell
September 22nd 1921?
Lhasa > Lukhang >
120 x 163 mm
Negative glass plate gelatin , Negative Half Plate
St Antony's College, Oxford.
Sir Charles Bell's Mission to Lhasa 1920-21
Royal Central Asiatic Society
Manual Catalogues - Bell's List of Illustrations entry: "[No. of chapter] L. [Subject of Chapter] Lhasa [Subject of Illustration] H.268 (ao) Temple of the Serpent Gods (Dzong-gyap Lu-kang) . Considered by Tibetans one of the beauty spots of Lhasa. In front is a pond with old poplars and willows bending over it. [Remarks] L.247"
Contemporary Publication - Published in 'The Religion of Tibet', Bell, C. A., Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1931, facing p.138:" 'The Serpent House under the northern escarpment of the Potala'."
Other Information - Dates: This photograph was probably taken on September 22nd 1921. Bell wrote in his Diary for that date that he visited the Lu Temple [Lukhang] behind the Potala with Tsendron, with an extensive description. He also comments that only on the 15th day of the 4th Tibetan month is the temple open to the public and that to visit at any other time requires the special permission of the Dalai Lama [Bell's Diary Vol. XIII, pp. 1-5] [MS 20/02/2006]
For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Temple of the Serpent Gods or Lukhang , Lhasa" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <http://tibet.prm.ox.ac.uk/photo_1998.285.295.1.html>.
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