Deities carved into rock face on Lingkhor

Deities carved into rock face on Lingkhor

2001.35.396.27.1 (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

Rock carvings of Buddhist deities, probably on the Lingkhor pilgrimage route around Lhasa near the Chakpori.

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

Previous Catologue Number


This Image also appears in another collection

2001.35.133.1 1998.131.227

Other Information - Related Images

Other Information - Related Images: The negative for this image is in the Frederick Spencer Chapman collection at the PRM. 'YN 48' has been scratched into the negative in the bottom left hand corner. [MS 16/03/2006]

Notes on print/mount - 'Bas reliefs.' [MS 30/07/2006]

Other Information - Dates

Other Information - Dates: This image has been dated by relating it to similar images taken by Frederick Spencer Chapman in the PRM collections. [MS 16/03/2006]

Other Information - Cultural Background

Other Information - Cultural Background: The Lingkhor (or outer circumambulation route) around Lhasa is regularly walked by pilgrims and other Tibetan Buddhists as a merit accruing act. These carvings (located on the route near the Medical College at Chakpori) depict a thousand Buddhas interspersed with three larger images of Sakyamuni Buddha which were painted red, blue and gold. Devotees would spin prayer wheels, recite mantras or perform full-length prostrations along the path, stopping at key points such as this to carry out other activities. At this particular site the forehead would be placed onto a Buddha image, a finger placed inside a hole or the pilgrim would crawl under the slab of rock at the foot of the wall. [CH 2003]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Deities carved into rock face on Lingkhor" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <>.

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