Nechung Oracle Temple, near Lhasa

Nechung Oracle Temple, near Lhasa

1998.285.249 (Glass negative)

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Key Information


Rabden Lepcha?


Sir Charles Bell

Date of Photo



Lhasa Area > Nechung

Accession number


Image Dimensions

120 x 163 mm

Nechung Oracle Temple, near Lhasa, showing carvings of skulls and heads down the pillars of the entrance and with Chinese inscription plaque above doorway. Thangka are visible hanging inside the temple.

Further Information

Photographic Process

Negative glass plate gelatin , Negative Half Plate

Date Acquired

Donated 1983

Donated by

St Antony's College, Oxford.

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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



'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] XXXVI. [Subject of Chapter] Oracles [Subject of Illustration] H.216 (q) Same as (f) [1998.285.242 & 1998.285.243] but with Chinese inscription over doorway. [Where placed - book page] I,218."

Contemporary Publication -

Contemporary Publication - Published in 'Tibet Past & Present', Bell, C. A., Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1924, facing p.218:"Over the main entrances of many monasteries ... are to be found name-tablets, the gift of some former Chinese Emperor"

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Nechung Oracle Temple, near Lhasa" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <>.

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