Smallpox edict pillar, Lhasa

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1998.286.291 (Lantern Slide)

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Key Information


Rabden Lepcha?


Sir Charles Bell

Date of Photo



Lhasa > Jokhang > Doring

Accession number


Image Dimensions

81 x 81 mm

Smallpox edict pillar or doring near the Jokhang, in winter, containing instructions for segregation during smallpox epidemics. Tree without leaves behind pillar; groups of people to either side of the pillar

Further Information



Photographic Process

Lantern Slide

Date Acquired

Donated 1983

Donated by

St Antony's College, Oxford

Copy difference

Intensifier Varnish


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] IV. [Subject of Chapter] History up to 1900 [Subject of Illustration] Q.20 (h). Smallpox edict near Tsuk La-Kang, in winter, containing instructions for segregation during smallpox epidemics. [Remarks] L.25"

Other Information - Related Images

Other Information - Related Images: Bell does not distinguish in his List of Illustrations between 1998.286.21.1, 1998.286.21.2 and 1998.286.291 and all three may be referenced by his caption for Q.20, even though they are all different images [MS 4/8/2004]

Technical Information - This lantern slide was made by projecting the negative image through an enlarger. This has enabled a full sized positive reproduction of the Quarter-sized original to be made [MS 19/8/2004]

Other Information - Setting

Other Information - Setting: Bell's diary for 30th July 1921:" Per Tsendron "The weeping willow trees are called 'Chinese willows' ( Gya chang ). Since the 5th D[alai] L[ama]'s death all the trees and flowers have drooped a little. The Cho U-tra over the Small Pox Edict in Lhasa, is a Chinese willow." [diary Vol. XI, p.65]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Smallpox edict pillar, Lhasa" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <>.

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