Smallpox edict pillar, Jokhang

Smallpox edict pillar, Jokhang

1998.286.21.1 (Glass negative)

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Key Information


Sir Charles Bell or Rabden Lepcha?


Sir Charles Bell

Date of Photo



Lhasa > Jokhang > Smallpox Doring

Accession number


Image Dimensions

80 x 103

Smallpox edict near Jokhang, in winter, containing instructions for segregation during smallpox epidemics.

Further Information



Photographic Process

Negative Quarter Plate

Date Acquired

Donated 1983

Donated by

St Antony's College, Oxford

Copy difference

Intensifier Varnish Notches on right side


Sir Charles Bell's Mission to Lhasa 1920-21

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] IV. [Subject of Chapter] History up to 1900 [Subject of Illustration] Q.20 (h). Smallpox edict near Tsuk La-Kang, in winter, containing instructions for segregation during smallpox epidemics. [Remarks] L.25"

In Negative - It is not clear whether it is a clear (but now yellowing) varnish which has been applied to the negative or whether the negative has been subjected to an intensifying process. 1998.285.173, the H plate image taken of this image during the winter period seems similarly to have been subjected to such a procedure [MS 4/8/2004]

Contemporary Publication -

Contemporary Publication - Bell does not distinguish in his List of Illustrations between 1998.286.21.1, 1998.286.21.2 and 1998.286.291 and all three may be referenced by his caption for Q.20 [MS 4/8/2004]

Other Information - Setting

Other Information - Setting: Bell's diary for 30th July 1921:" Per Tsendron "The weeping willow trees are called 'Chinese willows' ( Gya chang ). Since the 5th D[alai] L[ama]'s death all the trees and flowers have drooped a little. The Cho U-tra over the Small Pox Edict in Lhasa, is a Chinese willow." [diary Vol. XI, p.65]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Smallpox edict pillar, Jokhang" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <>.

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