Potala seen from the Pargo Kaling

Potala seen from the Pargo Kaling

1998.286.38 (Glass negative)

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Key Information


Willoughby Patrick Rosemeyer


Sir Charles Bell

Date of Photo



Lhasa > Potala (from Pargo Kaling) >

Accession number


Image Dimensions

82 x 107 mm

The Potala photographed from the Pargo Kaling western gateway. A landscape view of the Potala with mountains in the right background; rooftops of buildings and Sho settlement beneath the Potala also in view.

Further Information

Photographic Process

Negative Quarter Plate , Copy Negative

Date Acquired

Donated 1983

Donated by

St. Antony's College, Oxford

Copy difference

Copy Neg Intensifier


Sir Charles Bell

Photo also owned by

Sir Charles Bell; Royal Central Asiatic Society

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.276-31 (aa) Potala from the Pargo Kaling. [Remarks] Rosemeyer's."

Other Information - Dates

Other Information - Dates: A date of 1922 has been given to this image because this is the first date that one can determine that Rosemeyer went to Lhasa officially. This journey was made in order to complete the extension of the telegraph line from Gyantse to the capital. According to the Assistant Engineer W. H. King, Rosemeyer and the team were allowed to wander freely around the Potala and the Norbu Lingka in order to connect the telegraph lines there: "Rosemeyer was given permission to photograph anything he liked except one image in the Cathedral" [King, W. H. The Telegraph to Lhasa in 'The Geographical Journal', Vol. LXIII No.6, June 1924: 529] [MS 29/7/2004]

Technical Information - This style of reproduction was used when images were intended for copying as contact exposure lantern slides [MS 06/03/2006]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Potala seen from the Pargo Kaling" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <http://tibet.prm.ox.ac.uk/photo_1998.286.38.html>.

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