Potala and Sho Doring

Potala and Sho Doring

1998.285.77 (Glass negative)

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Key Information


Rabden Lepcha?


Sir Charles Bell

Date of Photo



Lhasa > Potala (from south) >

Accession number


Image Dimensions

120 x 163 mm

Potala Palace and Sho edict pillar

Further Information

Photographic Process

Negative glass plate gelatin , Negative Half Plate

Date Acquired

Donated 1983

Donated by

St Antony's College, Oxford.

Copy difference

Intensifier Shortened image


Sir Charles Bell's Mission to Lhasa 1920-21

Photo also owned by

Royal Central Asiatic Society

Previous Catologue Number

See H.69

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 for H.69: "[No. of chapter] V. [Subject of Chapter] Dalai Lama. [Subject of illustration] H.69 (e) Potala with Edict Pillar in middle distance. [Where placed - book page] I, 3. [Remarks] L.39 (D.L) [Lantern slide 39]"

Other Information - Related Images

Other Information - Related Images: Bell does not distinguish in his list of illustrations between H.69a and H.69b (1998.285.76 and 1998.275.77). The images differ most obviously in the fact that 1998.285.76 shows people on the bridge. [MS 14/5/2004]

In Negative - There is evidence of black tape and/or other mounts having been stuck onto the negative glass plate [MS 30/6/2004]

Contemporary Publication -

Contemporary Publication - Published in 'Tibet Past & Present', Bell, C. A., Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1924, facing p.3:"The Potala (the Dalai Lama's Palace at Lhasa) From the south, with a pillar of record (see App. II) in the middle distance" [MS 7/9/2004]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Potala and Sho Doring" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <http://tibet.prm.ox.ac.uk/photo_1998.285.77.html>.

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