Sera Monastery from above

Sera Monastery from above

1998.131.368 (Print black & white)

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Key Information


Frederick Spencer Chapman


Frederick Spencer Chapman

Date of Photo

January 1937


Lhasa Area > Sera

Accession number


Image Dimensions

143 x 225 mm

Sera Monastery from the hills above. Lhasa valley in background

Further Information

Photographic Process

Print gelatin silver

Date Acquired

Donated 1994

Donated by

Faith Spencer Chapman


British Diplomatic Mission to Lhasa 1936-37

Photo also owned by

Frederick Spencer Chapman

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Previous Pitt Rivers Museum Number


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Other Information

Notes on print/mount - The back of the print is covered with crop and reproduction markings. The reference '9-9' has been written across the back of the print in pencil [MS 22/03/2006]

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 - 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 Pitt Rivers Museum. <>.

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