Portrait of the 13th Dalai Lama



A small framed portrait of the Dalai Lama, seated formally in monastic robes on a raised dais. At either side of the dais are huge ceramic vases filled with flowers. The photograph is framed in a red lacquer frame with gilt repeating swastika motif. There is an inscription from Tsarong Shapé (using his given name, before he received the Shapé title) saying that he is presenting Bell with this image on the 8th day of the 6th month of the Iron Dog year (mid August 1910).