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Residence where Chikhyap Khenpo hosted the British diplomatic mission. Copyright Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford 1998.131.451

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Resource #: 69567 (URL for reference)

Collections: Lhasa

Location: Podrang Sarpa


by Jessica O'Leary

The house was formerly the residence of the Dalai Lama's favorite Künpella (kun 'phel lags), and the Lord Chamberlain, or Chikhyap Khenpo (spyi khyab mkhan po), hosted a lunch there for the British diplomatic mission in October 1936. There are two cylindrical gilt banners on the roof, with Buddhist plaques beneath them. A mounting block can be seen in the courtyard, with a ladder placed nearby to water the flower pots. Gilt victory banners, or gyeltsen (rgyal mtshan), have been hung on the tops of the private houses, symbolizing that the house contains a complete set of the Buddha's teachings. The family in such a home would live in the upper levels while the servants' quarters would be located on the first level, around the courtyard.

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Resource type: Image

Photograph Date: 27/Oct/1936

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