House on Chakpori, Lhasa

House on Chakpori, Lhasa

1998.286.255 (Glass negative)

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Key Information


Rabden Lepcha?


Sir Charles Bell

Date of Photo

September 1st 1921?


Lhasa > Chakpori

Accession number


Image Dimensions

78 x 103

Building on the side of Chakpori built over cave containing image of Buddha.

Further Information

Photographic Process

Negative Quarter Plate

Date Acquired

Donated 1983

Donated by

St Antony's College, Oxford


Sir Charles Bell's Mission to Lhasa 1920-21

Previous Catologue Number


Previous Pitt Rivers Museum Number


Related Collections

British Library, Oriental and India Office Collections

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - Bell's List of Illustrations entry: "[No. of chapter] L. [Subject of Chapter] Lhasa [Subject of Illustration] Q244(bc) House on the side of Chakpori built over cave containing image of Buddha. See Diary XII, 57. [Remarks] L251 {Y in L/(D in L}"

Other Information - Setting

Other Information - Setting: Bell's Diary entry for 1st September 1921: "Near the foot of the Chakpori hill outiside Lhasa is a cave. In this is a stone image of Buddha, of rather more than life size. This is said to be an imae which constructed itself (rang-chung) and to have been in existence before Lhasa was founded. At first the outlines of the form appeared on the rock in this cave. Butter lamps were offered, prayers recited etc. and gradually the image formed itself completely. The cave is a large one" [Diary vol. XII p.57]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "House on Chakpori, Lhasa" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <>.

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