Serpent Palace, Norbu Lingka

Serpent Palace, Norbu Lingka

BMR. (Album Print black & white)

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Key Information


Frederick Spencer Chapman


Hugh E. Richardson

Date of Photo

September 6th 1936


Lhasa > Norbu Lingka > Serpent Palace

Accession number


The 'Serpent Palace' in the grounds of the Norbu Lingka. Prayer flags can be seen suspended above the roof of the building and the causeway across the lake providing entry to the building can be seen in the foreground

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

CC.16 [view film roll]

Related Collections

F. S. Chapman Collection in the Pitt Rivers Museum

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Other Information

Notes on print/mount - 'Norbu Lingka has been written beneath the images on page 17 in the album in pencil, apparently not by Hugh Richardson [MS 12/06/2006]

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]: 'Lake Palace [Serpent Palace, Norbu Lingka] - closer than 12 [CC.12], parapet of causeway shows' [MS 12/06/2006]

Other Information - Album: This image appears alongside three other images of the Norbu Lingka on page 17 of Hugh Richardson's album 'Lhasa 1936' [MS 12/06/2006]

Other Information - Related Images

Other Information - Related Images: Images prefixed with 'CC' comprise a group of negatives containing images of the Nepalese guard at Gyantse fort, Tsarong’s house, part of Potala and flooded plain of Lhasa, the aqueduct, ‘Lake’ palace and causeway, lake at Norbu Lingka and birds on lake. They all seem to have been taken between 2nd - 6th September, mainly on the occasion of the first official visit of the Mission party to the Potala and Norbu Lingka [MS 12/06/2006]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Serpent Palace, Norbu Lingka" 05 Dec. 2006. The British Museum. <>.

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