Torma Offerings on 15th night of Monlam Chenmo

Torma Offerings on 15th night of Monlam Chenmo

1998.285.215 (Glass negative)

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Key Information


Rabden Lepcha?


Sir Charles Bell

Date of Photo

February 22nd 1921


Lhasa > Barkhor > Jokhang

Accession number


Image Dimensions

120 x 163 mm

The "Offerings of the 15th" (the 15th night of the Great Prayer Festival), large torma. The offering of the Nechung Oracle can be seen on the right.

Further Information


Ritual Activity

Photographic Process

Negative glass plate gelatin , Negative Half Plate

Date Acquired

Donated 1983

Donated by

St Antony's College, Oxford.

Copy difference

Image shortened at the sides


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



'Tibet Past & Present', Sir Charles Bell, Oxford: The Clarendon Press, 1924 [view list of illustrations]

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - Bell's List of Illustrations entry: "[No. of chapter] XXXII to XXXIV. [Subject of Chapter] The Religion [Subject of Illustration] H.188 (bq) The 'Offerings of the Fifteenth' (Diary VIII, 93). Nechung's offerings on right. On the 15th night of the Prayer Festival. [Where placed - book page] I, 186. [Remarks] L.181 (Y in L)"

Contemporary Publication -

Contemporary Publication - Published in 'Tibet Past & Present', Bell, C. A., Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1924, facing p.186:"The Butter Festival, known as 'The Offerings of the Fifteenth'. The 'Offerings' (some 45 feet high) representing deities and sacred emblems are made of butter on a frame-work of wood and leather"

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Torma Offerings on 15th night of Monlam Chenmo" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <>.

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