Sho Doring inscription pillar

Sho Doring inscription pillar

1998.285.71 (Glass negative)

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Key Information


Rabden Lepcha?


Sir Charles Bell

Date of Photo

1920 - 1921


Lhasa > Sho > Doring

Accession number


Image Dimensions

120 x 163 mm

Sho Doring, inscribed edict pillar near Potala. Inscription shown is on the upper portion of northern face.

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

Previous Catologue Number

See H.65

Previous Pitt Rivers Museum Number


Other Information

Bell's List of Illustrations entry for H.65: "[No. of chapter] IV. [Subject of Chapter] History up to 1900. [Subject of illustration] H65 (s) Potala Sho Doring, inscription on upper portion of northern face. [Where placed - Book page] I, 272. [Remarks] L.32 [lantern slide 32]"

Other Information - Related Images

Other Information - Related Images: Bell does not distinguish in his list of illustrations between H.65a and H.65b [1998.285.71 & 1998.285.72]. However, the images are in fact quite different and may even be of different faces of the Doring as in 1998.285.72 mountains and trees are visible in the background, and in 1998.285.71 the face of the pillar seems to have been chipped on the central right-hand side. The lantern slide succeeds in making much more of the inscription visible and was made from 1998.285.72 [MS 14/5/2004]

Other Information - Setting

Other Information - Setting: Bell's Diary for 3rd May 1921:"Tri-mon Shape is making copies of the Lhasa, ie: Tsuk Lha-khang, Doring for me, and apparently of the Sho Doring also. He has had parts of them rubbed with oil to make the letters clearer. The translations into Tibetan of the Chinese inscriptions on the Tsuk Lha-khang Doring, made for the Simla Conference, 1913-14, were made by the Chinese interpreter to the Ka-sha." [Vol. X., p.47]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Sho Doring inscription pillar" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <>.

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