Spectators at Prayer Festival in Lhasa

Spectators at Prayer Festival in Lhasa

1998.285.542 (Glass negative)

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Key Information


Lt Col R. S. Kennedy? Willoughby Patrick Rosemeyer?


Sir Charles Bell

Date of Photo

March 1921 or 1922


Lhasa > Jokhang

Accession number


Image Dimensions

138 x 88 mm

Group of spectators at the Prayer Festival in Lhasa looking down onto a courtyard in the Jokhang temple where a number of monks are seated.

Further Information


Ritual Activity

Photographic Process

Negative glass plate gelatin , Copy Negative

Date Acquired

Donated 1983

Donated by

St. Antony's College, Oxford

Copy difference

Copy Neg


Sir Charles Bell's Mission to Lhasa 1920-21

Photo also owned by

Sir Charles Bell; Royal Central Asiatic Society

Revised Photographer

Not Bell. Kennedy? Tibetan photographer?

Previous Catologue Number


Previous Pitt Rivers Museum Number


Related Collections

British Library, Oriental and India Office Collections

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - Bell's List of Illustrations entry: "[No. of chapter] XXXII. [Subject of Chapter] The Religion. [Subject of illustration] P.349 (gl) (bldu) The spectators [at the Prayer Festival] are in the gallery in the foreground to the right; the monks conducting the service can be seen in the well of the courtyard below to the left"

Other Information - Related Images

Other Information - Related Images: Bell has published another image from this occasion in Portrait of the Dalai Lama , Bell, C. A., London: Collins, 1946, facing p.289 (bottom) but taken from a slightly different angle. [MS 13/9/2004]

Other Information - Photographer: Bell did not use this sized negative for taking images in Lhasa. Therefore, the photograph may have been taken by Lt Col Robert Kennedy, who was part of the mission with Bell, or even by a Tibetan/Sikkimese photographer on his behalf, as Rabden for Bell. The image may also have been taken by Willoughby Patrick Rosemeyer, who visited Lhasa many times, commencing in 1922 as part of the group that installed the telegraph to Lhasa. Rosemeyer provided Bell with images from his time there and this may be one of them as he seems to have used Postcard-sized negatives [MS 24/02/2006]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Spectators at Prayer Festival in Lhasa" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <http://tibet.prm.ox.ac.uk/photo_1998.285.542.html>.

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