Potala as seen from roof of Kundeling Monastery

Potala as seen from roof of Kundeling Monastery

2001.35.396.24.4 (Album Print black & white)

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Key Information


Evan Yorke Nepean


Evan Yorke Nepean

Date of Photo

December 10th 1936?


Lhasa > Potala (from Kundeling)

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Image Dimensions

90 x 58 mm

Potala as seen from roof of Kundeling Monastery

Further Information

Photographic Process


Date Acquired

Loaned August 2002

Donated by

Judy Goldthorp


British Diplomatic Mission to Lhasa 1936-37

Photo also owned by

Lady Nepean

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Other Information

Notes on print/mount - 'Potala from Kundeling monastery. [MS 30/07/2006]

Other Information - Dates

Other Information - Dates: This photograph may have been taken on December 10th 1936 when all the Mission staff visited Kundeling Monastery for the Disease Chasing Ceremony and to take tea with the Abbot [see Lhasa Mission Diary for this date]. Hugh Richardson also comments in his personal letters that the staff members also visited Kesar Temple on this day [see Bodleian Library, Hugh Richardson Archive MS Or. Richardson 3 folio 49 for description [MS 30/07/2006]

Other Information - Background: Richardson mentions this site in High Peaks, Pure Earth , London, Serindia Publications, 1998, p. 303. "The monastery of Kun-bde-gling (1936-9, 1944, 1946-50) was built by the Chinese in 1794 for their protege,the Regent Rta-tshag Ye-shes mgon-po, in celebration of their victory over the Gurkhas. It was very generously endowed. A stone stele recording the foundation, inscribed in Tibetan and Chinese, stood at the entrance of the monastery. Further north on a rocky hillock known as Ba-ma-ri (or Ba-mo-ri) stood a little temple of the Chinese war god Kuanti, known to the Tibetans as Ge-sar. ... The Ge-sar Lha-khang was popular with Tibetan pilgrims for the reading of fortunes from bamboo slips chosen at random from a tall vase." [KC 13/10/2006]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Potala as seen from roof of Kundeling Monastery" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <http://tibet.prm.ox.ac.uk/photo_2001.35.396.24.4.html>.

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