Temple of the Serpent Gods or Lukhang , Lhasa

Temple of the Serpent Gods or Lukhang, Lhasa

1998.285.295.1 (Glass negative)

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Key Information


Sir Charles Bell or Rabden Lepcha?


Sir Charles Bell

Date of Photo

September 22nd 1921?


Lhasa > Lukhang >

Accession number


Image Dimensions

120 x 163 mm

Temple of the Serpent Gods, Lukhang, Lhasa. Steps from pond and ferry depot up to temple. In background Potala Palace.

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


Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - Bell's List of Illustrations entry: "[No. of chapter] L. [Subject of Chapter] Lhasa [Subject of Illustration] H.268 (ao) Temple of the Serpent Gods (Dzong-gyap Lu-kang) . Considered by Tibetans one of the beauty spots of Lhasa. In front is a pond with old poplars and willows bending over it. [Remarks] L.247"

Contemporary Publication -

Contemporary Publication - Published in 'The Religion of Tibet', Bell, C. A., Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1931, facing p.138:" 'The Serpent House under the northern escarpment of the Potala'."

Other Information - Dates

Other Information - Dates: This photograph was probably taken on September 22nd 1921. Bell wrote in his Diary for that date that he visited the Lu Temple [Lukhang] behind the Potala with Tsendron, with an extensive description. He also comments that only on the 15th day of the 4th Tibetan month is the temple open to the public and that to visit at any other time requires the special permission of the Dalai Lama [Bell's Diary Vol. XIII, pp. 1-5] [MS 20/02/2006]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Temple of the Serpent Gods or Lukhang , Lhasa" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <http://tibet.prm.ox.ac.uk/photo_1998.285.295.1.html>.

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