Sera Monastery from above

Sera Monastery from above

BMR. (Album Print black & white)

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Key Information


Frederick Spencer Chapman


Hugh E. Richardson

Date of Photo

January 1937


Lhasa Area > Sera

Accession number


Sera Monastery from the hills above. Lhasa valley in background

Further Information

Photographic Process

Print gelatin silver


British Diplomatic Mission to Lhasa 1936-37

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

Previous Catologue Number


Related Collections

F. S. Chapman Collection in the Pitt Rivers Museum

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Other Information

Notes on print/mount - 'Sera' has been written beneath the image in the album in pencil, apparently not by Hugh Richardson. He has also placed an asterisk in a circle beneath the image [MS 10/06/2006]

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]: 'Sera from above and hills (long)'; PRM Manuscripts Collection: ‘List of Tibetan Prints and Negatives’ - Book 2: ‘13/3 - The Monastery of Sera (literally “wild rose fence””) Drepung, Sera and Ganden are known as the “Three Pillars of the State”. It contains 5,500 monks. In the distance is the arsenal (trab-shi)’ [MS 22/03/2006]

Other Information - Album: This image appears alongside one other image of a hillside hermitage just north of Sera on page 5 of Hugh Richardson's album 'Lhasa 1936' [MS 10/06/2006]

Other Information - Related Images

Other Information - Related Images: Images prefixed with '9' comprise a group of negatives containing images of Trisum sampa, yaks on Sera plain, Sera monastery and Khampa people and all seem to have been taken in January 1937 [MS 13/03/2006]

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

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