The Thirteenth Dalai Lama's state palanquin

The Thirteenth Dalai Lama's state palanquin

1998.285.92 (Glass negative)

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Key Information


Rabden Lepcha


Sir Charles Bell

Date of Photo

March 7th 1921?


Lhasa Area >

Accession number


Image Dimensions

120 x 163 mm

The Thirteenth Dalai Lama's state palanquin or pep-chang being carried in the annual procession from the Potala to the Norbu Lingka. Bearers and attendants surround the palanquin. Onlookers can be seen on hillside in middle distance

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


Previous Pitt Rivers Museum Number


Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - Bell's List of Illustrations entry: "[No. of chapter] V. [Subject of Chapter] Dalai Lama. [Subject of illustration] H.79 (x) Dalai Lama's State Palanquin (pep-chang) on the march"

Other Information - Setting

Other Information - Setting: Bell comments in his diary for 7th March 1921 that an attempt was made to photograph the Dalai Lama, in his palanquin: 'This morning at about 7 am we saw the Dalai Lama's Chip-gyu Chem-no from the Potala to Norbu Lingka, the return journey. At the Dalai Lama's request, I had some photos taken - by Rabden - but the early morning light was too weak to produce good results ... The procession [from Potala to Norbu Linka] was as before. This time we saw it from close quarters close to the Dekyi Linka. It was noticeable that the Dalai Lama could not be seen inside his sedan chair. It is no doubt a wise policy on his part to prevent himself from being seen too easily by the multitudes' [p.30-31] [MS 28/5/2004]

Contemporary Publication -

Contemporary Publication - Published in 'The Religion of Tibet', Bell, C. A., Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1931, facing p.190:"Dalai Lama's state chair on the march."

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "The Thirteenth Dalai Lama's state palanquin " 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <>.

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