Doorway leading to Assembly Hall, Sera

Doorway leading to Assembly Hall, Sera

1998.131.365 (Print black & white)

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Key Information


Frederick Spencer Chapman


Frederick Spencer Chapman

Date of Photo

October 18th 1936


Lhasa Area > Sera

Accession number


Image Dimensions

170 x 128 mm

A passageway into the Assembly Hall at Sera monastery. Snow lions carved over the doorway, a guardian emblem of Tibet. Textile banner hanging above and elaborately carved woodwork visible around doorway

Further Information

Photographic Process

Print gelatin silver

Date Acquired

Donated 1994

Donated by

Faith Spencer Chapman


British Diplomatic Mission to Lhasa 1936-37

Photo also owned by

Frederick Spencer Chapman

Previous Catologue Number

C.8.24 [view film roll]

Previous Pitt Rivers Museum Number


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Other Information

Notes on print/mount - The back of the print is covered with crop and reproduction marks. The reference 'C-8-24' has been written across the back of the print in pencil [MS 22/03/2006]

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - Caption in Chapman's hand-written list of negatives made whilst on the Mission to Lhasa, 1936-7 [See PRM Manuscripts Collection]: 'Thro’ a Sera doorway'; PRM Manuscripts Collection: ‘List of Tibetan Prints and Negatives’ - Book 2: ‘19/2 - Inside Drepung Monastery. Padded cushions for the monks’. Note: Although the latter comment identifies this as being in Drepung Monastery, the photographic reference number indicates that this is one of a series of images taken in Sera [MS 22/03/2006]

Other Information - Cultural Background

Other Information - Cultural Background: Within the main Assembly Hall there would be a number of smaller alcoves where people could sit for teaching purposes etc. [TS 7/2/2005]

Other Information - Related Images

Other Information - Related Images: Images prefixed with 'C.8' comprise a group of negatives containing images of the Potala and Lhasa, officials coming through Pargo Kaling, the Turquoise Bridge, Tsarong, Trimon, views from and of Sera, a woman washing clothes, a shepherd with a sling and football teams. They seem to have been taken October 13th - 20th 1936 [MS 16/03/2006]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Doorway leading to Assembly Hall, Sera " 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <>.

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