Pargo Kaling gate, Lhasa

Pargo Kaling gate, Lhasa

1998.286.244.1 (Glass negative)

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Key Information


Sir Charles Bell or Rabden Lepcha?


Sir Charles Bell

Date of Photo



Lhasa > Pargo Kaling

Accession number


Image Dimensions

78 x 103

Pargo Kaling entrance gate to Lhasa, sometimes known as the Western Gateway, taken from the east

Further Information

Photographic Process

Negative Quarter Plate

Date Acquired

Donated 1983

Donated by

St Antony's College, Oxford

Copy difference

Intensifier Lantern


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


'The People of Tibet', Sir Charles Bell, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1928 [view list of illustrations]

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - Bell's List of Illustrations entry: "[No. of chapter] L. [Subject of Chapter] Lhasa [Subject of Illustration] Q233 (z) Pargo Kaling entrance gate to Lhasa from eastern (inside) direction. [Where placed - book page] G.J."

Other Information - Related Images

Other Information - Related Images: Bell does not distinguish between 1998.286.244.1 and 1998.286.244.2 in his List of Illustrations, even though they are slightly different images; both may be referenced by his caption for Q.233 [MS 13/8/2004]

Contemporary Publication -

Contemporary Publication - Published in 'A Year in Lhasa' in The Geographical Journal, February,1924, facing p.97:"Pargo Kaling". This piece was derived from a lecture given to the Royal Geographical Society in London on 3rd December 1923 [MS 10/9/2004]

Contemporary Publication -

Contemporary Publication - Published in 'The People of Tibet', Bell, C. A., Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1928, facing p.46:" Cho-tens at the entrance to Lhasa." [MS 10/9/2004]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Pargo Kaling gate, Lhasa" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <>.

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