Jokhang temple, Lhasa

Jokhang temple, Lhasa

1998.285.290 (Glass negative)

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Key Information


Rabden Lepcha?


Sir Charles Bell

Date of Photo

June 14th 1921?


Lhasa > Jokhang

Accession number


Image Dimensions

120 x 163 mm

Main entrance to Jokhang temple, Lhasa. People on roof and also by entrance. Carved and painted eaves of building. Textile awnings.

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] L. [Subject of Chapter] Lhasa [Subject of Illustration] H.264 (ak) Main entrance to Tsuk Lakang; two gilt medallions above."

Other Information - Setting

Other Information - Setting: Bell's Diary entry for 14th June 1921:"Neto Jongpen and I visit the Tsuk Lha-kang at 5.30pm. The repainting of the frescoes round the Nang-khor, describing events in previous lives of Buddha is in progress. We see some thrity artists at work, both monks and laymen. [ Insert in margin - Parkang Shape tells me that about 100 artists are employed altogether]. Women and children help by rubbing out the old frescoes, cleaning the walls etc. A head artist (Chi-kyap) is in charge of all the work and sees each artists work twice a daily so Neto says. [Insert in margin - Parkang Shape says that there is one chief teacher and 6 or 7 junior teachers under him. These supervise the work of the painters. The painters do not start painting a subject until one of the teachers has sketched in the outlines]. Per Neto "The pictures are first sketched in as regards their main figures and then painted over. These frescoes have not been repainted since the time of the 5th D[alai] L[ama]. [ The following has been crossed out from the entry: Now they are being done with European paints. Parkang Shape says that Tibetan, not European paints, are being used]." [Diary Vol. XI, p.5]

Other Information - Setting

Other Information - Setting: Bell's Diary entry for 20th June 1921:" Per Tsendron "The frescoes in the Tsuk Lhakhang are being repainted now for the first time since the days of the 5th D[alai] L[ama]. The painters are all under a head, who holds the rank of Tse-trung. Indian and Tibetan paints are mixed for the blues and greens; Chinese paints are used for the reds, and Tibetan paints for the whites, yellows and blacks. Indian paints (perhaps European paints), if used alone do not last well." " [Diary Vol. XI, p.13]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Jokhang temple, Lhasa" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <>.

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