Butter lamps by shrine of 13th Dalai Lama

Butter lamps by shrine of 13th Dalai Lama

BMR. (Album Print black & white)

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Key Information


Frederick Spencer Chapman


Hugh E. Richardson

Date of Photo

September 6th 1936


Lhasa > Potala > 13th Dalai Lama's Tomb

Accession number


Butter lamps by the shrine of the 13th Dalai Lama in the Potala

Further Information

Photographic Process

Print gelatin silver


British Diplomatic Mission to Lhasa 1936-37

Photo also owned by

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

Previous Catologue Number

C.14.1 [view film roll]

Related Collections

F. S. Chapman Collection in the Pitt Rivers Museum

Other Information

Other Information - Album: This image appears alongside 3 others of shrines and altars on page 47 of Hugh Richardson's album 'Lhasa 1936' [MS 26/08/2006]

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]: 'Detail of l. hand corner of D.L.’s tomb'; PRM Manuscripts Collection: ‘List of Tibetan Prints and Negatives’ - Book 2: ‘6/4 - Butter lamps and ornaments in last Dalai Lama’s shrine; notice elephant tusk, gong, cloisonne vases and jewels on beaten gold covering of tomb’ [MS 26/08/2006]

Other Information - Related Images

Other Information - Related Images: Images prefixed with 'C.14 comprise a group of negatives containing images of the 13th Dalai Lama’s tomb and views around the Potala. They were all taken on the Mission party's first official visit to the Potala on September 6th 1936 [MS 18/03/2006]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Butter lamps by shrine of 13th Dalai Lama" 05 Dec. 2006. The British Museum. <http://tibet.prm.ox.ac.uk/photo_BMR.>.

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