Nechung Oracle Temple

Nechung Oracle Temple

1998.285.243 (Glass negative)

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Key Information


Rabden Lepcha?


Sir Charles Bell

Date of Photo



Lhasa Area > Nechung

Accession number


Image Dimensions

120 x 163 mm

Main entrance to Nechung Oracle Temple with carved heads around entrance

Further Information

Photographic Process

Negative glass plate gelatin , Negative Half Plate

Date Acquired

Donated 1983

Donated by

St Antony's College, Oxford.


Sir Charles Bell's Mission to Lhasa 1920-21

Photo also owned by

Royal Central Asiatic Society

Previous Catologue Number


Previous Pitt Rivers Museum Number


Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - Bell's List of Illustrations entry: "[No. of chapter] XXXVI. [Subject of Chapter] Oracles [Subject of Illustration] H.211 (f) Entrance to main temple of Nechung. Figures of heads on pillars."

In Negative - There appears to be some use made of a yellowish or yellowing transparent glossy film or layer on the emulsion side of the negative [MS 8/6/2004]

Other Information - Setting

Other Information - Setting: Nechung monastery is considered to be the abode of the protector deity Pehar and is the seat of the State oracle of Tibet [CH 2003]

Other Information - Related Images

Other Information - Related Images: See 1998.285.249 for portrait format image of this doorway that includes Chinese inscription above

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Nechung Oracle Temple" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <>.

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