Inscription pillar at Potala Sho

Inscription pillar at Potala Sho

1998.285.62 (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

Doring or inscription pillar in one of the small houses in Sho, just below the Potala. It commemorates the defeat of the Gurkhas by the Chinese and Tibetans in the 18th century. The pillar is mounted on a carved sculpture of a giant tortoise

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

Previous Catologue Number

See H.59a

Previous Pitt Rivers Museum Number


Other Information

Bell's List of Illustrations entry for H.59: "[No. of chapter] IV. [Subject of Chapter] History up to 1900. [Subject of illustration] H 59 (m) Doring at Potala Sho, in one of the little houses. It commemorates the defeat of the Gurkhas by the Chinese and Tibetans in the 18th Century. [Remarks] L.28 [Lantern slide 28]"

Other Information - Related Images

Other Information - Related Images: The List of Illustrations does not distinguish between H.59a and H.59b. The two images appear to have been taken because of the lack of light in the small vestibule housing the pillar. The top of the pillar can be seen in neither image. However, it can be seen in the corresponding lantern slide [MS 14/5/2004]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Inscription pillar at Potala Sho" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <>.

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