Potala Sho Doring

Potala Sho Doring

1998.285.351.1 (Glass negative)

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Key Information


Rabden Lepcha?


Sir Charles Bell

Date of Photo



Lhasa > Sho > Doring

Accession number


Image Dimensions

120 x 163 mm

Potala Sho Doring, inscription on upper portion of northern face. Trees and mountains in background.

Further Information

Photographic Process

Negative glass plate gelatin , Negative Half Plate

Date Acquired

Donated 1983

Donated by

St Antony's College, Oxford.

Copy difference

Lantern Image shortened at the top


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



'Tibet Past & Present', Sir Charles Bell, Oxford: The Clarendon Press, 1924 [view list of illustrations]

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - Bell's List of Illustrations entry: "[No. of chapter] IV. [Subject of Chapter] History up to 1900 [Subject of Illustration] H.322 (sdu) Ditto [Potala Sho Doring], inscription on lower portion of northern face. [Where placed - book page] I,272. [Remarks] L.33"

Other Information - Related Images

Other Information - Related Images: The image and the caption cross-refer to H.65/1998.285.71 & 1998.285.72, which depict the inscription on the north face of the Potala Sho Doring upper portion [MS 22/6/2004]

Contemporary Publication -

Contemporary Publication - Published in 'Tibet Past & Present', Bell, C. A., Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1924, facing p.272:"A Pillar of Record. Award by King Ti-song De-tsen inscribed on the northern face of the monolith below the Potala"

Other Information - Setting

Other Information - Setting: Bell's Diary for 3rd May 1921:"Tri-mon Shape is making copies of the Lhasa, ie: Tsuk Lha-khang, Doring for me, and apparently of the Sho Doring also. He has had parts of them rubbed with oil to make the letters clearer. The translations into Tibetan of the Chinese inscriptions on the Tsuk Lha-khang Doring, made for the Simla Conference, 1913-14, were made by the Chinese interpreter to the Ka-sha." [Vol. X., p.47]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Potala Sho Doring" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <http://tibet.prm.ox.ac.uk/photo_1998.285.351.1.html>.

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