Performers at Tse Gator, Potala

Performers at Tse Gator, Potala

1998.285.251 (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

Performers at the Tse Gutor held at the Potala, showing the verandahs from where the Dalai Lama and the Shappes watched proceedings. Elaborately embroidered tent on the right

Further Information


Dancing , Performing

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

See H.217

Previous Pitt Rivers Museum Number



'Portrait of the Dalai Lama', Sir Charles Bell, London: Collins, 1946 [view list of illustrations]

Other Information

Bell's List of Illustrations entry for H.217: "[No. of chapter] XXXVII. [Subject of Chapter] Omens and Signs [Subject of Illustration] H.217 (d) The Mongolian giant at the Gutor, emblematic of strength, prosperity and logn life, with his children, Indian, Brahmins and skeletons who guard cemeteries. In the top verandah is the Dalai Lama and below him the Shappes"

Other Information - Related Images

Other Information - Related Images: Bell does not distinguish in his list of illustrations between 1998.285.250 and 1998.285.251 but it would appear that 1998.285.251 is the image to which the caption for H.217 refers as 1998.285.250 depicts other performers in the masquerade [MS 8/6/2004]

Contemporary Publication -

Contemporary Publication - Published in 'Portrait of the Dalai Lama', Bell, C. A., London: Collins, 1946, facing p.256:"Mongol giant with Brahmin children."

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Performers at Tse Gator, Potala" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <>.

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