Main entrance to Norbu Lingka

Main entrance to Norbu Lingka

1998.286.29.1 (Glass negative)

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Key Information


Rabden Lepcha?


Sir Charles Bell

Date of Photo



Lhasa > Norbu Lingka

Accession number


Image Dimensions

103 x 78

Main entrance from Norbu Lingka. A sentry box can be seen on either side of the gate with two long prayer poles nearby. Earthenware incense vessels, people and ponies can be seen outside the gate.

Further Information

Photographic Process

Negative Quarter Plate

Date Acquired

Donated 1983

Donated by

St Antony's College, Oxford

Copy difference

Lantern Notches on right side


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] V. [Subject of Chapter] The Dalai Lama [Subject of Illustration] Q.25 (g). Main entrance from Norbu Lingka, down the broad new road from the Potala and Lhasa made about 1916. Note the sentry box on each side of the gate and the two long Prayer Poles (tar-shing); near each sentry box are the incense vessels (zang-bum). Similar ones are placed at intervals along the road to Lhasa, and in all the long thin brown sticks of incense are burnt whenever the Dalai Lama goes along the road. These vessels are made of earth with bases of stone. [Remarks] L.40 (D.L.)"

Other Information - Related Images

Other Information - Related Images: Bell does not distinguish between 1998.286.29.1 and 1998.286.29.2 in his List of Illustrations and both may be referenced by his caption for Q.25. 1998.286.29.1 is a slightly nearer view [MS 4/8/2004]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Main entrance to Norbu Lingka" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <>.

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