1998.286.126 (Glass negative)
Sir Charles Bell
August 4th 1921
Lhasa > Norbu Lingka
78 x 103
Negative Quarter Plate
St Antony's College, Oxford
Intensifier Notches on right side
Sir Charles Bell's Mission to Lhasa 1920-21
British Library, Oriental and India Office Collections
Manual Catalogues - Bell's List of Illustrations entry: "[No. of chapter] XXVII. [Subject of Chapter] Amusements [Subject of Illustration] Q112 (e) Simchungas and other actors waiting to come on stage in the Ache Lhamo at Norbu Lingka, first day."
Other Information - Description: Under magnification the performers can be seen holding and wearing a wide variety of masks [MS 10/8/2004]
Other Information - Setting: Bell's Diary for 4th August 1921:"We are all in the outer grounds of Norbu Lingka, just outside the inner enclosure, the Forbidden City. In front of us is a grand square, 30 to 40 yards along each of its four sides. I arrived at 10am and thought that the theatricals would have commenced a couple of hours before we came. But when starting, I am told that the D[alai] L[ama] has given orders that the performance is not to commence until I arrive. // The proceedings open with a religious dance ( cham ) by the servants of the Karmarshar Oracle God, to provide an entertainment and spectacle for the god, just as the acting is provided for the rest of us." [Diary Vol. XI, p.73]
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The Tibet Album. "Ache Lhamo at Norbu Lingka" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <http://tibet.prm.ox.ac.uk/photo_1998.286.126.html>.
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