H. Staunton ?
Date of Photo
February 7th 1940
Lhasa > Potala > Deyang shar
110 x 87 mm
Ritual New Year dance in the eastern courtyard, Deyang shar, of the Potala. This is probably the occasion of the Votive Offering of the twenty-ninth day ceremony (Tshe gutor) which takes place on the twenty-ninth day of the twelth month immediately prior to the New Year.There are two animal skins on the ground in the centre of the image beside which a black-hatted dancer is dancing and a masked dancer with a stick is standing. There are crowds of onlookers surrounding the dance area and a line of monks with curved hats and staves used for crowd control at the bottom of the image. There is an appliquéd awning on the right for the musicians. The shadows suggest that it is midday.
Dancing , Performing , Ritual Activity
Print gelatin silver
Photo also owned by
Notes on album mount - "Devil Dancing at Potala" is written in capital letters in pencil in the middle of the album page as a joint caption for four photographs (19126.96.36.199.1/2/3/4). [KC 20/12/2005]
Other Information - Related Images
Other Information - Related Images: 19188.8.131.52.2/4, 19184.108.40.206.1/2/3/4, 19220.127.116.11, 1918.104.22.168 [KC 29/11/2005]
Other Information - Setting
Other Information - Setting: See Hugh Richardson ( Ceremonies of the Lhasa Year, 1993, London: Serindia Publications, p. 116-123 for a descripton of this ceremony. [KC 21/12/2005]
For Citation use:
The Tibet Album.
"Eastern courtyard of the Potala at Gutor"
05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum.
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