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Potala with festival tangkas and Zhöl village, Sertreng Ceremony.Copyright Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford 2001.

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Resource #: 69673 (URL for reference)

Collections: Lhasa

Location: Potala Palace, Marpori, Red Palace, White Palace, Outer Zhöl


by Jessica O'Leary

The south face of the Potala seen from the vicinity of the Western Gate of Lhasa. 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. They have been hung for the occasion of the Sertreng Ceremony (tshogs mchod ser sbreng), which took place on the 30th day of the second month of the Tibetan calendar. Zhöl (zhol) village can be seen at the base of the Potala, with crowds of people in the foreground.

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Resource type: Image

Photograph Date: 1946

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