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Crowds in front of Potala during Sertreng Ceremony. Copyright Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford 2001.59.35.1

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Resource #: 69648 (URL for reference)

Collections: Lhasa

Tibet and Himalayas: Palace, Monastery, Pillar

Location: Potala Palace, Kelzang Zampa, Zhunggo, Red Palace, F55358, F55485, White Palace, Namgyel College, Zhöl, Outer Zhöl


by Jessica O'Leary

Crowds gathering outside Zhöl (zhol) wall during the Sertreng Ceremony (tshogs mchod ser sbreng) on the 30th day of the second month of the Tibetan calendar. Two silk appliqué festival tangkas (thang ka), or göku (gos sku), adorn the south face of the Potala's White Palace. The tangkas, featuring the Buddha surrounded by deities and bodhisattvas, measure 75 x 40 ft and have been sewn together. The outer Zhöl pillar, Doring Chima (rdo ring phyi ma), and a Chinese-style pagoda, one of two that comprise the Khangser (khang ser), with the Zhöl main gate (gzhung sgo) behind it, can be seen on the left side of the image.

Associated Resources

Resource type: Image

Photograph Date: 1949

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