Karmashar Oracle-Temple at Lhasa.

Karmashar Oracle-Temple at Lhasa.

1998.285.553 (Glass negative)

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Key Information


Willoughby Patrick Rosemeyer


Sir Charles Bell

Date of Photo


Named Person

Karmashar Oracle


Lhasa > Karmashar > Temple

Accession number


Image Dimensions

88 x 139 mm

Karmashar Oracle-Temple at Lhasa.

Further Information

Photographic Process

Negative glass plate gelatin , Copy Negative

Date Acquired

Donated 1983

Donated by

St. Antony's College, Oxford

Copy difference

Copy Neg

Photo also owned by

Sir Charles Bell; Royal Central Asiatic Society

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] XXXVI. [Subject of Chapter] Oracles. [Subject of illustration] P.410 (gl) (ddu) Ditto [ref: H.209/1998.285.240 - Karmashar Oracle-Temple at Lhasa]. [Remarks] Rosemeyer's."

Other Information - Dates

Other Information - Dates: A date of 1922 has been given to this image because this is the first date that one can determine that Rosemeyer went to Lhasa officially. This journey was made in order to complete the extension of the telegraph line from Gyantse to the capital. According to the Assistant Engineer W. H. King, Rosemeyer and the team were allowed to wander freely around the Potala and the Norbu Lingka in order to connect the telegraph lines there: "Rosemeyer was given permission to photograph anything he liked except one image in the Cathedral" [King, W. H. The Telegraph to Lhasa in 'The Geographical Journal', Vol. LXIII No.6, June 1924: 529] [MS 29/7/2004]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Karmashar Oracle-Temple at Lhasa." 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <http://tibet.prm.ox.ac.uk/photo_1998.285.553.html>.

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