Tengyeling in ruins, Lhasa

Tengyeling in ruins, Lhasa

1998.285.326 (Glass negative)

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Key Information


Rabden Lepcha?


Sir Charles Bell

Date of Photo



Lhasa > Tengyeling

Accession number


Image Dimensions

120 x 163 mm

Tengyeling Monastery in Lhasa following its destruction in 1914. The Potala Palace can be seen in the distance.

Further Information

Photographic Process

Negative glass plate gelatin , Negative Half Plate

Date Acquired

Donated 1983

Donated by

St Antony's College, Oxford.


Sir Charles Bell's Mission to Lhasa 1920-21

Photo also owned by

Royal Central Asiatic Society

Revised Photographer

Not Bell?

Previous Catologue Number


Previous Pitt Rivers Museum Number


Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - Bell's List of Illustrations entry: "[No. of chapter] LIV. [Subject of Chapter] China and Foreign Elements in Tibet [Subject of Illustration] H.295 (p) Ruined Tengyeling."

Contemporary Publication -

Contemporary Publication - Published in 'The Religion of Tibet', Bell, C. A., Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1931, facing p.164:" 'Ten-gye-ling was disendowed, the heavy stone buildings battered, the monks expelled.' Potala in the background."

Other Information - Historical Background: Tengyeling was one of the four institutions whose Abbots could be selected to be Regent of Tibet. It was destroyed in 1914 following a difficult relationship between the monks, the Rinpoche and the Chinese forces that entered Lhasa in 1910

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Tengyeling in ruins, Lhasa" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <http://tibet.prm.ox.ac.uk/photo_1998.285.326.html>.

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