The Four Abbots of Sera Monastery

The Four Abbots of Sera Monastery

1998.286.174.1 (Glass negative)

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Key Information


Sir Charles Bell or Rabden Lepcha?


Sir Charles Bell

Date of Photo


Named Person

Sera Monastery Abbots


Lhasa Area > Sera

Accession number


Image Dimensions

78 x 103

The four abbots of Sera Monastery

Further Information

Photographic Process

Negative Quarter Plate

Date Acquired

Donated 1983

Donated by

St Antony's College, Oxford

Copy difference



Sir Charles Bell's Mission to Lhasa 1920-21

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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] XXXII [Subject of Chapter] The Religion [Subject of Illustration] Q159 (az). The four abbots of Sera. [Remarks] L.174 (Y in L)

Other Information - Related Images

Other Information - Related Images: Bell does not distinguish in his List of Illustrations between 1998.286.174.1 and 1998.286.174.2 and both may be referenced by his caption for Q.159. Although the differences, if any, between the images are indistinguishable to casual observation, both of the negatives appear to be originals [MS 11/8/2004]

Contemporary Publication -

Contemporary Publication - Published in 'The Religion of Tibet', Bell, C. A., Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1931, facing p.7 (bottom):"Abbots of the Se-ra Monastery."

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "The Four Abbots of Sera Monastery" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <>.

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