Serpent Temple, Lukhang, in Norbu Lingka

Serpent Temple, Lukhang, in Norbu Lingka

1998.285.278.2 (Lantern Slide)

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Key Information


Rabden Lepcha?


Sir Charles Bell

Date of Photo

May 18th 1921?


Lhasa > Norbu Lingka > Lukhang

Accession number


Image Dimensions

81 x 81 mm

The 'Serpent Temple' or Lukhang situated in the Norbu Lingka. On the right the pavilion in which the Dalai Lama often sat and worked. On the left the Serpent Temple

Further Information

Photographic Process

Lantern Slide

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

Previous Catologue Number


Previous Pitt Rivers Museum Number


Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - Bell's List of Illustrations entry: "[No. of chapter] L. [Subject of Chapter] Lhasa [Subject of Illustration] H.254 (p) Artificial pond in Norbu-ling 'Serpent Temple' (Lukang) (left). [Where placed - book page] I,132. [Remarks] L.38 (D.L)"

Notes on print/mount - '26 Jewel Park Lake' has been written on the surround in blue ink. This slide seems to have been used by Bell as slide 26 in a lantern lecture titled 'The Dalai Lama' [MS 19/8/2004]

Other Information - Setting

Other Information - Setting: The temple in the Norbu Lingka is not the most famous Lukhang of Lhasa, which is situated in a park north of the Potala hill [MS 20/02/2006]

Other Information - Dates

Other Information - Dates: This photograph may have been taken on May 18th 1921, when Bell was given a special invitation by the Dalai Lama to enter the inner enclosure of the Norbu Lingka to see the gardens and the progress of the seedlings that he had brought as a present for the Dalai Lama from the Government of India [Bell's Diary Vol. X, pp. 59-60] [MS 20/02/2006]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Serpent Temple, Lukhang, in Norbu Lingka" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <>.

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