Ache Lhamo at Norbu Lingka

Ache Lhamo at Norbu Lingka

1998.285.178.1 (Glass negative)

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Key Information


Rabden Lepcha?


Sir Charles Bell

Date of Photo

August 5th 1921


Lhasa > Norbu Lingka

Accession number


Image Dimensions

120 x 163 mm

Second day of Dalai Lama's Ache Lhamo performance held at the Norbu Lingka. Tents, trees and officials in background surrounding the stage

Further Information

Photographic Process

Negative glass plate gelatin , Negative Half Plate

Date Acquired

Donated 1983

Donated by

St Antony's College, Oxford.

Copy difference



Sir Charles Bell's Mission to Lhasa 1920-21

Photo also owned by

Royal Central Asiatic Society

Revised Photographer

Rabden Lepcha

Previous Catologue Number


Previous Pitt Rivers Museum Number


Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - Bell's List of Illustrations entry: "[No. of chapter] XXVII. [Subject of Chapter] Amusements. [Subject of Illustration] Similar view to (a) [Q.108], but without the Simkapas. This gives a good view of the stage. [Remarks] L.145"

Other Information - Setting

Other Information - Setting: Bell's diary entry for 5th August 1921: "We came to Norbu Lingka at 4.45pm and saw the Gyang-ka-ras performing the play called Re-chung-nga. ... Each side of the stage, except that in front of us, is lined with spectators. To our right are the ecclesiastical officials (Jetrung); to our left the lay officials (Trungkhor). On the roof of the printing houses to our left are the Dalai Lama's bodyguard watching the performance. Yesterday the stage was uncovered; today a huge tent roof of Tibetan design covers it" [MS 4/6/2004]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Ache Lhamo at Norbu Lingka" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <>.

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