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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 #: 69653 (URL for reference)

Collections: Lhasa

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


by Jessica O'Leary

Crowds gathering outside Zhöl (zhol) wall near the main gate (gzhung sgo) 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. On the left edge of the image, one of the two Chinese-style pagodas (khang ser) located behind the outer Zhöl pillar, Doring Chima (rdo ring phyi ma), can be seen.

Associated Resources

Resource type: Image

Photograph Date: 02/1949-03/1949

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