At home ceremony, Tsarong's house

At home ceremony, Tsarong's house

1998.131.475.5 (Print black & white)

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Key Information


Frederick Spencer Chapman


Frederick Spencer Chapman

Date of Photo

February 14th 1937

Named Person

Dele Rabden's wife, Daisy Taring, Mary Taring, Dr Morgan


Lhasa > Tsarong House

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Image Dimensions

131 x 194

New Year celebrations at Tsarong's house. From left to right: Dele Rabden's wife Norbu Yudon, Mary Taring, Daisy Taring or Changchup Dolma seated at a table with offerings. Dr Morgan can be seen seated in the background on the right

Further Information


Ritual Activity

Photographic Process

Print gelatin silver

Date Acquired

Donated 1994

Donated by

Mrs Faith Spencer Chapman


British Diplomatic Mission to Lhasa 1936-37

Photo also owned by

Frederick Spencer Chapman

Previous Catologue Number

B.7 [view film roll]

Previous Pitt Rivers Museum Number



'Lhasa Mission 1936, Diary of Events', P. Neame, H. Richardson, F. S. Chapman, Government of India Political Department [Note: photographs for October 18th - November 4th 1936 are not included as their relationship to text is not detailed; see Mission Diary text for details of images] [view list of illustrations]

Other Information

Notes on print/mount - The back of the print is covered in crop and reproduction marks. The caption "New Year Celebration Dele Rabden's wife, Mary Tering, Daisy Tering" has been written on the back in pencil, as has the reference 'OB 7'. A thin piece of paper has been stuck along the top edge of the back of the print and folded over the front. Cropping instructions and the caption have been repeated on this paper [MS 28/03/2006]

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - Caption in Chapman's hand-written list of negatives made whilst on the Mission to Lhasa, 1936-7 [See PRM Manuscripts Collection]: '1/2 3 girls (?) at home ceremony'; PRM Manuscripts Collection: ‘List of Tibetan Prints and Negatives’ - Book 3: ‘13/1 - On New Year’s Day - Mr [ sic ] Dele Rabden, Mary Tering and Daisy Tering’ [MS 28/03/2006]

Biographical Information - Dele Rabden's wife was Mary's sister Norbu Yudon who had left her Nunnery in order to marry Delek Rabden (dele), a senior official of the Panchen Lama. [Marina de Alarcón ZF 1995 4]

Other Information - Related Images

Other Information - Related Images: Images prefixed with 'B' seem to have been taken during the New Year ceremonies in 1937 [MS 27/03/2006]

Other Information - Setting

Other Information - Setting: Entry in Mission Diary for February 14th 1937: "The master's seat is a canopied divan which varies in height with the rank and dignity of the owner. Besides him on his left sit his wife and children in all their best clothes. If he is of high rank the master will be wearing a robe of yellow silk patterned with Imperial five-clawed dragons, and a round flat hat of red silk heavily bordered with fur and topped by an ornament of gold turquoise and other semi-precious stones surmounted by a ruby or amethyst button - a survival of the Chinese buttons of rank. His wife will be wearing over her skirt the striped apron worn by all married women; a brocade blouse with a scarf of plum coloured silk across her breast and one of rainbow colours round her shoulders. Her headdress will be heavy with great corals and turquoises and hung with closely woven streamers of seed pearls; more gold and turquoise ornaments set with precious stones hang down from her shoulders, and on her breast is a large star-shaped charm box of gold studded with turquoise and diamonds. Other relations who may be present sit on cushions along one side of the room on the left of the family " ['Lhasa Mission, 1936: Diary of Events', Part XIV p. 6, written by Chapman] [MS 28/03/2006]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "At home ceremony, Tsarong's house" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. Accessed 01 Apr. 2015 <>.

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