Soldiers at Tse Gutor ceremony at Potala

Soldiers at Tse Gutor ceremony at Potala

1998.285.235 (Glass negative)

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Key Information


Rabden Lepcha


Sir Charles Bell

Date of Photo

February 6th 1921?


Lhasa > Potala > Deyang shar

Accession number


Image Dimensions

120 x 163 mm

Eastern courtyard or Deyang Shar in Potala with soldiers wearing old-style uniforms sitting around the perimeter. Spectators can be seen on the roof and verandah. An applique tent can be seen on the second storey to shelter higher ranking officials

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

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] XXXII to XXXIV. [Subject of Chapter] The Religion [Subject of Illustration] H.205 (do) Spectators at religious dance in the Potala."

Other Information - Setting

Other Information - Setting: This image was probably taken at the Tse Gutor ceremony at the Potala at the end of the old Tibetan year in preparation for the new [MS 17/02/2006]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Soldiers at Tse Gutor ceremony at Potala" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <>.

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