Dalai Lama's quarters in Ganden monastery

Dalai Lama's quarters in Ganden monastery

1998.285.218 (Glass negative)

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Key Information


Sir Charles Bell


Sir Charles Bell

Date of Photo

April 15th 1921


Lhasa Area > Ganden

Accession number


Image Dimensions

120 x 163 mm

The Dalai Lama's quarters in Ganden Monastery, situated to the left under the gilt roof. To the right behind the wooden balcony are the Ti Rimpoche's quarters. Sun-dried, whitewashed walls.

Further Information

Photographic Process

Negative glass plate gelatin , Negative Half Plate

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


Other Information

Bell's entry:"(cg) Dalai Lama's quarters in Ganden Monastery, to the left under gilt canopy; to the right behind wooden balcony, are the Ti Rimpoche's quarters. Walls of sun-dried brick, whitewashed."

Other Information - Setting

Other Information - Setting: Bell went on a brief trip to Ganden monastery in April 1921. Bell's diary entry for 15th March 1921: 'After the usual refreshment of tea and cakes we see first the house in which the Ti Rimpoche lives (photo half plate). In it the two rooms immediately under the great gilt dome are reserved for the Dalai Lama and opened only when he comes. The Ti Rimpoche live in the right of the building' [Vol. X, p.9] [MS 2/6/2004]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Dalai Lama's quarters in Ganden monastery" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <http://tibet.prm.ox.ac.uk/photo_1998.285.218.html>.

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