Potala Sho Doring

Potala Sho Doring

1998.285.351.2 (Lantern Slide)

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Key Information


Rabden Lepcha?


Sir Charles Bell

Date of Photo



Lhasa > Sho > Doring

Accession number


Image Dimensions

81 x 81 mm

Potala Sho Doring, inscription on upper portion of northern face. Trees and mountain in background.

Further Information

Photographic Process

Lantern Slide

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

Previous Catologue Number


Previous Pitt Rivers Museum Number


Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - Bell's List of Illustrations entry: "[No. of chapter] IV. [Subject of Chapter] History up to 1900 [Subject of Illustration] H.322 (sdu) Ditto [Potala Sho Doring], inscription on lower portion of northern face. [Where placed - book page] I,272. [Remarks] L.33"

Other Information - Related Images

Other Information - Related Images: The image and the caption cross-refer to H.65/1998.285.71 & 1998.285.72, which depict the inscription on the north face of the Potala Sho Doring upper portion [MS 22/6/2004]

Technical Information - This lantern slide was made by projecting the negative image through an enlarger [MS 19/8/2004]

Notes on print/mount - '18' has been written on the surround in faded blue black ink. These numbers seem to relate to a sub-set of the lantern slides which were used for lantern lectures on 'A Year in Lhasa' and 'The Dalai Lama'. This slide seems to have been used as slide 18A in the lecture 'A Year in Lhasa', which was first presented at the Royal Geographical Society on 3rd December 1923. The text, with a lesser number of images, was later published in The Geographical Journal of February 1924. Bell may also have presented this lecture on other occasions about which we have no information at present. [MS 10/9/2004]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Potala Sho Doring" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <http://tibet.prm.ox.ac.uk/photo_1998.285.351.2.html>.

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