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Crowds in front of Potala during Sertreng Ceremony. Copyright Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford 2001.

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Resource #: 69649 (URL for reference)

Collections: Lhasa

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 Zhöl pillar, Doring Chima (rdo ring phyi ma), is visible in the center of the image, with two Chinese-style pagodas that comprise the Khangser khang ser), one located directly behind it and another to its left.

Associated Resources

Resource type: Image

Photograph Date: 1949

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