Potala main entrance

Potala main entrance

1998.286.34.1 (Glass negative)

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Key Information


Rabden Lepcha?


Sir Charles Bell

Date of Photo



Lhasa > Potala > Main Entrance

Accession number


Image Dimensions

103 x 78

Main entrance to the Potala, the the middle gate. People can be seen near to the gate. Vessels can be seen on the ground on the right hand side of the image

Further Information

Photographic Process

Negative Quarter Plate

Date Acquired

Donated 1983

Donated by

St Antony's College, Oxford

Copy difference

Lantern 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] V. [Subject of Chapter] The Dalai Lama [Subject of Illustration] Q.30 (m) Main entrance to Potala; the middle gate. [Where placed - book page] G.J. [Remarks] L. 42 (D.L.)"

Contemporary Publication -

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

Other Information - Related Images

Other Information - Related Images: 1998.286.34(1&2) and 1998.286.313 at first appear to be identical images. However, under magnification they were clearly taken a few seconds apart as slight movement is seen in the postures of the people around the gateway [MS 06/03/2006]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Potala main entrance " 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <http://tibet.prm.ox.ac.uk/photo_1998.286.34.1.html>.

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