Mani stones on lingkhor in Lhasa

Mani stones on lingkhor in Lhasa

2001.35.396.28.2 (Album Print black & white)

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Key Information


Evan Yorke Nepean


Evan Yorke Nepean

Date of Photo

September 8th 1936?


Lhasa > Lingkhor

Accession number


Image Dimensions

90 x 58 mm

A cairn of mani stones with multiple images of the Buddha. An animal skull with horns, probably that of a wild yak or drong, has been placed at the base of the cairn. A mantra has been carved on the animal skull. The cairn has been built up against a hillside and many flat stones and slates, which have been carved and painted, have been piled up

Further Information

Photographic Process

Print silver

Date Acquired

Loaned August 2002

Donated by

Judy Goldthorp


British Diplomatic Mission to Lhasa 1936-37

Photo also owned by

Lady Nepean

This Image also appears in another collection


Other Information

Notes on print/mount - 'Little Buddhas'. [MS 30/07/2006]

Other Information - Dates

Other Information - Dates: The suggested date for this image has been determined by relating it to 1998.131.214.1 in the Frederick Spencer Chapman collection at the PRM. This image of Chapman's is one of a group of negatives prefixed by the figure 'C.4' by Chapman [see handlist of mission photographs in PRM Manuscript Collection]. This group contained images of soldiers, people turning prayer wheels, rock paintings, Dr Morgan and the mission hospital, a beggar with a skull and drum, and many scenes in and around Sera monastery, including monks outside the monastery, meat sellers and water tanks. They all seem to have been taken during September and early October 1936. However, this image also relates to a group of images taken on the Lingkhor that seem almost certainly to have been taken on September 8th 1936 [MS 11/8/2005]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Mani stones on lingkhor in Lhasa" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <>.

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