Roof of the Potala Palace showing tombs of Dalai Lamas

Roof of the Potala Palace showing tombs of Dalai Lamas

1998.131.316 (Film negative)

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Key Information


Frederick Spencer Chapman


Frederick Spencer Chapman

Date of Photo

September 6th 1936


Lhasa > Potala > Tombs of Dalai Lamas >

Accession number


Image Dimensions

85 x 112 mm

Roof of the Potala Palace, gilt copper pagoda roofs of the tombs of past Dalai Lamas. Flaw down the centre right of the image

Further Information

Photographic Process

Negative film nitrate

Date Acquired

Donated 1994

Donated by

Faith Spencer Chapman


British Diplomatic Mission to Lhasa 1936-37

Photo also owned by

Frederick Spencer Chapman

Previous Catologue Number

C.14.9 [view film roll]

Previous Pitt Rivers Museum Number


Other Information

In Negative - The number '9' has been scratched into the negative in the bottom right hand corner [MS 11/4/2005]

Technical Information - This image was probably taken with a quarter plate Zeiss Nixe film or film pack camera as the negative is quarter-plate sized. See Chapman
Lhasa The Holy City, [London: Chatto & Windus, 1938] for a description of the still and cine cameras that Chapman used as Mission photographer [MS 25/2/2005]

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]: 'Shrines on roof [of Potala] middle' [MS 18/03/2006]

Other Information - Related Images

Other Information - Related Images: Images prefixed with 'C.14 comprise a group of negatives containing images of the 13th Dalai Lama’s tomb and views around the Potala. They were all taken on the Mission party's first official visit to the Potala on September 6th 1936 [MS 18/03/2006]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Roof of the Potala Palace showing tombs of Dalai Lamas" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <>.

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