Mounted lay officials in procession to Jokhang

Mounted lay officials in procession to Jokhang

1999.23.2.43 (Print black & white)

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Key Information


H. Staunton ?


Harry Staunton

Date of Photo

1940 - 1941 [March]


Lhasa > Barkhor

Accession number


Image Dimensions

112 x 67 mm

Three lay officials in ceremonial dress seated on ponies processing along the Barkhor and approaching the Jokhang or 'Cathedral' of Lhasa on the 24th day of the Tibetan first month for the Ceremony of Casting out the Votive Offering for the Great Prayer, Monlam Torgya. There is a crowd of monk onlookers.

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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 print/mount - "Velox" in black ink and the number 611 in red are stamped on the back of this image. [KC 28/10/2005]

Contemporary Publication -

Contemporary Publication - Hugh Richardson describes this ceremony in Ceremonies of the Lhasa Year , 1993, London, Serindia, pp. 39-51. [KC 28/10/2005]

Other Information - Related images: 1999.23.2.35, 1999.23.2.13, 1999.23.2.14, 1999.23.2.17, 1999.23.2.18, 1999.23.2.43. These all document the procession on the 24th of the 1st Tibetan month. [KC 28/10/2005]

Other Information - Dates

Other Information - Dates: Staunton was certainly in Lhasa for the Tibetan New Year in 1940 and possibly in 1941. This image is part of a group of 17 photographs taken over a two-day period (the 23rd and 24th of the first Tibetan month) which have the number 611 stamped in red on the back. [KC 31/10/2005]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Mounted lay officials in procession to Jokhang" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <>.

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