Sera monastery

Sera monastery

1999. (Album Print black & white)

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Key Information


H. Staunton ?


Harry Staunton

Date of Photo

1940 - 1941


Lhasa Area > Sera

Accession number


Image Dimensions

110 x 66 mm

View of Sera monastery with mountains in the background.

Further Information

Photographic Process

Print gelatin silver

Date Acquired

Donated 1999

Donated by

Diana Hughes


H. Staunton

Photo also owned by

Diana Hughes

Other Information

Research publication - Gyurme Dorje writes in Tibet Handbook, Bath: Footprints Handbook, 1999 second edition, p.119, "Sera Thekchenling Monastery. Located at the base of Mount Purbuchok, which forms part of the watershed between the Kyichu and the Penpo rivers, Sera ... was founded in 1419 by Tsongkhapa's disciple Jamchen Choje Sakya Yeshe of Tsel Gungtang (1355-1435). ... In time, the monastic community at Sera came to number between 5000 and 6000 monks."[KC 6/12/2005]

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - "Sera monastery". [Hugh Richardson in conversation with Roger Croston, detailed in H. Staunton undated Related Documents File, PRM Manuscript Collections] [KC 6/12/2005] [KC 6/12/2005]

Other Information - Album: This image appears in Staunton's personal album on a page (1999.23.1.3) with five other uncaptioned images. [KC 3/12/2005]

Other Information - Setting

Other Information - Setting: See also F Spencer Chapman, Lhasa: The Holy City, London : Readers Union Ltd, 1940, pp.202-3 for a description of the 1936 Mission visit to the monastery. [KC 6/12/2005]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Sera monastery" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <>.

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