Mounted Zimchongpa warriors at Trapshi review

Mounted Zimchongpa warriors at Trapshi review

1999. (Album Print black & white)

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Key Information


H. Staunton ?


Harry Staunton

Date of Photo

1940 - 1941


Lhasa > Trapshi

Accession number


Image Dimensions

115 x 87 mm

Zimchongpa warrriors mounted on horses and wearing ancient armour including chainmail, helmets decorated with ornate plumes at the Trapshi Tsisher review which took place on the twenty-third day of the first Tibetan month at Trapshi. They are carrying spears.

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 - "Review at Trapshi" is written in capital letters in pencil as a joint caption for this phhotograph and 1999. [KC 13/1/2006]

Other Information - Cultural Background

Other Information - Cultural Background: Hugh Richardson has written about this event in Ceremonies of the Lhasa Year , 1993, London: Serindia Publications, "Early in the morning the cavalry assemble at Lubu for the Trapchi Tsisher. It is the duty of the leading noble families, headed by the four Depon, to provide detachments of a fixed number of armed mounted men. They wear chain-mail, much of it mere remnants, steel brass plates, steel helmets with brocade lappets and peacock plumes, heavy cloth trousers decorated with blue devices, and special boots. Each has a flintlock gun or a modern rifle, a lance and a quiver of five plumed arrows. Formerly the ponies would have worn armour but only some pieces of that equipment survive in a few of the noble houses and it is no longer used. (p.34) The rest of the proceedings are described in pp. 34-7. [KC 13/1/2006]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Mounted Zimchongpa warriors at Trapshi review" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <>.

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