Ache Lhamo at Norbu Lingka

Ache Lhamo at Norbu Lingka

1998.286.124 (Glass negative)

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Key Information


Rabden Lepcha?


Sir Charles Bell

Date of Photo

August 4th 1921


Lhasa > Norbu Lingka

Accession number


Image Dimensions

78 x 103

Actors paying homage to the Dalai Lama as a preliminary to acting at Norbu Lingka

Further Information

Photographic Process

Negative Quarter Plate

Date Acquired

Donated 1983

Donated by

St Antony's College, Oxford

Copy difference

Notches on right side


Sir Charles Bell's Mission to Lhasa 1920-21

Revised 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] XXVII. [Subject of Chapter] Amusements [Subject of Illustration] Q110 (c) Actors paying homage to the Dalai Lama as a preliminary to acting at Norbu Lingka."

Other Information - Dates

Other Information - Dates: This image has been dated as 4th August 1921 because Bell states in his Diary entry for 5th August that on the first day of the Ache Lhamo the stage was uncovered [Diary vol. XII p.83] [MS 10/8/2004]

Other Information - Setting

Other Information - Setting: Bell's Diary for 4th August 1921:"We are all in the outer grounds of Norbu Lingka, just outside the inner enclosure, the Forbidden City. In front of us is a grand square, 30 to 40 yards along each of its four sides. I arrived at 10am and thought that the theatricals would have commenced a couple of hours before we came. But when starting, I am told that the D[alai] L[ama] has given orders that the performance is not to commence until I arrive. // The proceedings open with a religious dance ( cham ) by the servants of the Karmarshar Oracle God, to provide an entertainment and spectacle for the god, just as the acting is provided for the rest of us." [Diary Vol. XI, p.73]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Ache Lhamo at Norbu Lingka" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <>.

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