Harry Staunton on the roof of the Potala

Harry Staunton on the roof of the Potala

1999. (Album Print black & white)

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Key Information




Harry Staunton

Date of Photo

January - February 1940

Named Person

Harry Staunton


Lhasa > Potala > Roof

Accession number


Image Dimensions

112 x 67 mm

The Potala roof with Chakpori and mountains in the background. There are typical roof decorations, drum-like structures with tridents and branches with prayer flags, situated on the roof. Also, there are a number of men standing on the roof including Staunton in the topee hat on the right. In the centre, there are three men, two of whom are facing the camera. The one on the left is wearing a white turban on his head. The three other men visible are wearing Sikkimese orderlies clothes.

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

Notes on album mount - "POTALA ROOF". This is written in pencil in Staunton's hand below the mounted photograph on the album page.

Other Information - Album: This image appears in Staunton's personal album on a page (1999.23.1.4) with two other images. [KC 6/12/2005]

Other Information - Setting

Other Information - Setting: This photograph may have been taken at the time of the 14th Dalai Lama's Installation. [KC 6/12/2005]

Other Information - Background: A view of Chagpori (lchags po ri) medical college founded by the Desi Sangye Gyatso in 1696. The college form a centre of training of Amchi, (doctor) and the manufacture of Tibetan medicine. (TS)

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Harry Staunton on the roof of the Potala" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <http://tibet.prm.ox.ac.uk/photo_1999.>.

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