Inside Norbu Lingka

Inside Norbu Lingka

BMR. (Album Print black & white)

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Key Information


Frederick Spencer Chapman


Hugh E. Richardson

Date of Photo

September 19th 1936


Lhasa > Norbu Lingka

Accession number


Interior of the Norbu Lingka summer palace showing walls decorated with murals, ornate wall panels, religious statues, cups with offerings of water and flower pots.

Further Information

Photographic Process

Print gelatin silver


British Diplomatic Mission to Lhasa 1936-37

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Donated to the British Museum in 1986 by Hugh E. Richardson

Previous Catologue Number

CQ.24 In publication
'Lhasa Mission 1936, Diary of Events', P. Neame, H. Richardson, F. S. Chapman, Government of India Political Department [Note: photographs for October 18th - November 4th 1936 are not included as their relationship to text is not detailed; see Mission Diary text for details of images] [see photos in publication]

Related Collections

F. S. Chapman Collection in the Pitt Rivers Museum

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Other Information

Notes on print/mount - 'Norbhu Lingka' has been written beneath the image in the album in pencil, apparently not by Hugh Richardson [MS 25/08/2006]

Other Information - Album: This image appears alongside 3 others of ritual objects on page 44 of Hugh Richardson's album 'Lhasa 1936' [MS 25/08/2006]

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]: 'Inside of D.L.’s [Dalai Lama's] palace. His seat'; PRM Manuscripts Collection: ‘List of Tibetan Prints and Negatives’ - Book 2: ‘10/2 - Cones of butter lamps and flowers in Norbhu Lingka palace’ [MS 07/08/2006]

Other Information - Related Images

Other Information - Related Images: Images prefixed with 'CQ' taken on the British Mission to Lhasa in 1936 - 37 comprise a group of negatives containing images of beggars, Gundeling monastery, Potala, telephoto views of Potala, Tibetan dancers, Tibetan band, dancing girls, Tibetan telegraph master, female body cutters, old city magistrate, Austin car. They seem to have been taken between September 17th - 19th 1936 [MS 07/08/2006]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Inside Norbu Lingka" 05 Dec. 2006. The British Museum. <>.

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