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

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Resource #: 69652 (URL for reference)

Collections: Lhasa

Location: Potala Palace, Zhunggo, Red Palace, F55358, F55485, White Palace, Outer Zhöl


by Jessica O'Leary

Crowds gathering around the outer Zhöl pillar, Doring Chima (rdo ring phyi ma), outside the Zhöl main gate (ghung sgo) during the Sertreng Ceremony (tshogs mchod ser sbreng), which took place on the 30th day of the second month of the Tibetan calendar. A Chinese-style pagoda, one of two that comprise the Khangser (khang ser), is located to the right of the pillar. In the background, 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.

Associated Resources

Resource type: Image

Photograph Date: 02/1949-03/1949

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