Dalai Lama's sitting room in Kesang Podrang, Norbu Lingka

Dalai Lama's sitting room in Kesang Podrang, Norbu Lingka

BMR.6.8.20 (Transparency colour)

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Key Information


Hugh E. Richardson


Hugh Richardson

Date of Photo



Lhasa > Norbu Lingka > Kesang Podrang

Accession number


Image Dimensions

60 x 90 mm

The Dalai Lama's sitting room in the Kesang Podrang palace at Norbu Lingka. There is an ornately carved wooden throne in the centre of the image with a fine, detailed painting which includes an image of the fifth Dalai Lama, behind it. There is an ornately carved wooden table with a tea cup in front of the throne and pots of flowers to the right and a table with small statues on the left.

Further Information

Photographic Process

Transparency Colour


Hugh E. Richardson

Other Information

Technical Information - The camera used to take this collection of colour slides (Dufay colour) were a Zeiss Super Ikonta and a Reflex Korelle. [KC 09/10/2006]

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - Typewritten handlist entitled 'Hugh Richardson Collection, The British Museum. Photographs taken between 1936-50. Cameras: Zeiss Super Ikonta, Reflex Korelle. 300 colour slides (Dufay colour); copies made Jan. 1995.
[no.] 20. The Dalai Lama's sitting room in the Kesang Phodrang Palace at Norbulingka. An image of the Fifth Dalai Lama is above the throne. This picture was taken before 1940; the 14th Dalai Lama arrived in Lhasa in October 1940.' [KC 09/10/2006]

Other Information - Location: Hugh Richardson mentions Norbu Lingka in High Peaks, Pure Earth , London, Serindia Publications, 1998, p. 304, "West of the main city lies the summer residence of the Dalai Lama at the "Jewel Park" of Nor-bu-gling-ka (1936-50). The park covers a large area containing four palace complexes, an opera ground and some government buildings. First established by the seventh Dalai Lama in the mid-eighteenth century, the initial site was greatly augmented by the eighth and thirteenth incumbents. The present Dalai Lama added his palace as recently as 1954-6." [KC 13/10/2006]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Dalai Lama's sitting room in Kesang Podrang, Norbu Lingka" 05 Dec. 2006. The British Museum. <http://tibet.prm.ox.ac.uk/photo_BMR.6.8.20.html>.

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