Ganden Monastery

Ganden Monastery

1998.285.219.1 (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

Ganden Monastery, near Lhasa

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

Previous Catologue Number

See H.192

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.192 (cj) Ganden Monastery. This includes practically the whole monastery. Patches of snow in front, 15th April 1921. [Where placed - book page] I, 33. [Remarks] L.183 (D.L)"

Contemporary Publication -

Contemporary Publication - Published in 'Tibet Past & Present', Bell, C. A., Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1924, facing p.33:"Ganden Monastery. Mausoleum of Tsong Kapa in dark building (right centre)"

Other Information - Related Images

Other Information - Related Images: Bell does not distinguish between 1998.285.219 and 1998.285.220 in his list of illustrations, and both may be referenced by the caption for H.192

Other Information - Setting

Other Information - Setting: Bell went on a brief trip to Ganden monastery in April 1921. Extract from Bell's diary entry for 15th April 1921: "There was a snow storm at 4 am leaving an inch of snow in the valley and more on the surrounding hills. Kennedy was awakened by snow coming in on his face through the window. ... The road to Ganden is an excellent one, broad and well graded, having been made two years ago for the Dalai Lama's visit, instead of the old one which was much less direct. As we draw near the Ganden monastery, crossing two passes, 17,000 feet above our valley below, we pass a low hill on our left, round which runs a path. This is the Ling-khor or Sacred Way for the monks of the monastery. A few are circling it s we approach. ... Immediately on crossing our second low pass, we are among the buildings of the great monastery, which is thus screened from view in the direction of Lhasa, as dramatically as Lhasa is screened by the Potala and Chakpori from travellers from the south west. Ganden lies semi-circular, tier rising above tier, round the low hill to our left, facing the southern sun. A very picturesque situation, and as warm as may be at its elevation, 14,000 feet above sea level" [Vol X, pp.7-9]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Ganden Monastery" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <>.

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