Picture from Mentsipa dispensary, Lhasa

Picture from Mentsipa dispensary, Lhasa

1998.285.183.3 (Lantern Slide)

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Key Information


Sir Charles Bell or Rabden Lepcha?


Sir Charles Bell

Date of Photo




Accession number


Image Dimensions

81 x 81 mm

A picture in a Tibetan medical dispensary depicting the various plants which can be used as drugs.

Further Information

Photographic Process

Lantern Slide

Date Acquired

Donated 1983

Donated by

St Antony's College, Oxford.


Sir Charles Bell's Mission to Lhasa 1920-21

Photo also owned by

Royal Central Asiatic Society

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Previous Pitt Rivers Museum Number


Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - Bell's List of Illustrations entry: "[No. of chapter] XXVIII. [Subject of Chapter] Illness. [Subject of Illustration] H.160 (e) Picture in Men-tsi-pa's dispensary at Lhasa, showing omens and dreams seen by doctor or patient. Two top rows are good omens; below and on right are bad omens; on left, dreams. In the centre is the patient with the lines of vision along which he sees the dream centring in his heart as the seat of intellect. The omens may be seen either by the patient or by the doctor on his way to visit the patient. [Remarks] L.152"

Other Information - Related Images

Other Information - Related Images: Lantern slides 1998.285.183.1 and 1998.285.183.2 both appear to have been made from the same negative image, but 1998.285.183.1 has been more more cropped [MS 31/8/2004]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Picture from Mentsipa dispensary, Lhasa" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <http://tibet.prm.ox.ac.uk/photo_1998.285.183.3.html>.

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