The Nechung Oracle, Lobsang Namgyal, seated on a chair

The Nechung Oracle, Lobsang Namgyal, seated on a chair

1999. (Album Print black & white)

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Key Information


H. Staunton ?


Harry Staunton

Date of Photo

1940 - 1941



Accession number


Image Dimensions

117 x 89 mm

The Nechung Oracle, Lobsang Namgyal, seated on a carved chair which is placed on a carpet in front of an appliquéd wall hanging of a dragon. He is wearing monks robes and an ornate silk brocade tunic and Tibetan felt boots.

Further Information

Photographic Process

Print gelatin silver

Date Acquired

Donated 1999

Donated by

Diana Hughes


H. Staunton

Photo also owned by

Diana Hughes

Other Information

Notes on album mount - "State Oracle" is written in capital letters in pencil underneath the photograph on the album page. [KC 21/12/2005]

Other Information - People

Other Information - People: Hugh Richardson writes: "The State Oracle of Nechung (the Nechung Chokyong) figures in many important ceremonies. ... When Sir Basil Gould visited Lhasa in 1936 the Nechung Oracle, to general surprise, came to visit him. Such a meeting had never happened before. He was a sturdy monk with a large, smiling, rather pale face and an open cheerful manner who later became a very good and hospitable friend. He was about forty-two years old and his name waas Lobzang Namgye. He had formally been a junior official in the Sho office, known to be sociable and very fond of mahjong. In 1934 without warning and much against his will he was chosen for the position and became a greatly venerated personage with the title of Ta Lama and the honorific epithet of Choje and the duties of a Chokyong, a protector of the faith, and te head of a small wealthy monastery with a pleasant sunny house of his own. During my time at Lhasa and before his death in 1945, whenever I left or returned there officially, I would find his steward waiting by the side of the road with an urgent command to go up to Nechung for tea with the Ta Lama ... At other times I visited him in his country estate in the Tolung valley where he and his monks relaxed in a pleasant park, wearing holiday dress and enjoying archery at which the Oracle was an expert. In return he came frequently to Dekyi Lingka ..." Ceremonies of the Lhasa Year , 1993, London: Serindia Publications, p. 49 - 50. [KC 30/12/2005]

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