Street in Lhasa showing prayer pole

Street in Lhasa showing prayer pole

1998.285.292 (Glass negative)

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Key Information


Rabden Lepcha


Sir Charles Bell

Date of Photo




Accession number


Image Dimensions

120 x 163 mm

Children in foreground. Street stalls under awnings and a prayer pole in the centre. Possibly on the east side of the Barkhor in central Lhasa

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



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

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - Bell's List of Illustrations entry: "[No. of chapter] L. [Subject of Chapter] Lhasa [Subject of Illustration] H.266 (am) A street in Lhasa. Prayer pole in background. Round top of this are wound white strips of cotton inscribed with prayers which are put up at Monlam and must last till next Monlam."

Contemporary Publication -

Contemporary Publication - Published in 'Portrait of the Dalai Lama', Bell, C. A., London: Collins, 1946, facing p.288:"A street in Lhasa."

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Street in Lhasa showing prayer pole" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <>.

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