Potala main entrance

Potala main entrance

1998.286.34.2 (Lantern Slide)

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Key Information


Rabden Lepcha?


Sir Charles Bell

Date of Photo



Lhasa > Potala > Main Entrance

Accession number


Image Dimensions

81 x 81 mm

Main entrance to the Potala, the the middle gate. People can be seen near to the gate. Vessels can be seen on the ground on the right hand side of the image

Further Information

Photographic Process

Lantern Slide

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] V. [Subject of Chapter] The Dalai Lama [Subject of Illustration] Q.30 (m) Main entrance to Potala; the middle gate. [Where placed - book page] G.J. [Remarks] L. 42 (D.L.)"

Technical Information - This Lantern Slide was made by projecting the negative image through an enlarger [MS 20/8/2004]

Notes on print/mount - '22' has been written in blue ink. This slide seems to have been used by Bell as slide 22 in a lantern lecture titled 'The Dalai Lama' [MS 24/8/2004]

Other Information - Related Images

Other Information - Related Images: 1998.286.34(1&2) and 1998.286.313 at first appear to be identical images. However, under magnification they were clearly taken a few seconds apart as slight movement is seen in the postures of the people around the gateway [MS 06/03/2006]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Potala main entrance " 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <http://tibet.prm.ox.ac.uk/photo_1998.286.34.2.html>.

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