Sera Monastery roof

Sera Monastery roof

BMR. (Album Print black & white)

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Key Information


Frederick Spencer Chapman


Hugh E. Richardson

Date of Photo

October 18th - 21st 1936?


Lhasa Area > Sera

Accession number


Although Hugh Richardson refers to this image as having been taken in Drepung Monastery, in fact it seems to have been taken from the roof of the Assembly Hall at Sera Monastery. Large golden emblems can be see above the entrance doorway on the roof with a young monk standing nearby in the bottom right of the frame

Further Information

Photographic Process

Print gelatin silver


British Diplomatic Mission to Lhasa 1936-37

Photo also owned by

Donated to the British Museum in 1986 by Hugh E. Richardson

Previous Catologue Number

CD.10 [view film roll]

Related Collections

F. S. Chapman Collection in the Pitt Rivers Museum

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Other Information

Notes on print/mount - 'Drepung boy' has been written beneath the image in the album in pencil, apparently not by Hugh Richardson

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - Caption in Chapman's hand-written list of negatives made whilst on the Mission to Lhasa, 1936-7 [See PRM Manuscripts Collection]: 'Gold ornaments on Sera roof '; PRM Manuscripts Collection: ‘List of Tibetan Prints and Negatives’ - Book 2: ‘17/4 - On the roof of Drepung monastery religious emblems covered with gold leaf’ [MS 10/06/2006]

Other Information - Album: This image appears alongside three others of the Potala, Sera and Chakpori on page 14 of Hugh Richardson's album 'Lhasa 1936' [MS 10/06/2006]

Other Information - Related Images

Other Information - Related Images: Images prefixed with 'CD.' comprise a group of negatives containing images of Sera monastery, Kundeling, Potala, Chakpori, swans and hoopoe, a shepherd with sling, Dekyi Lingka, stone lions outside Chinese legation and an elephant passing the Potala. They all seem to have been taken between October 18th - 21st 1936 [MS 16/03/2006]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Sera Monastery roof" 05 Dec. 2006. The British Museum. <>.

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