Mounted Tibetan nobility processing along the Barkhor

Mounted Tibetan nobility processing along the Barkhor

1999.23.2.48 (Print black & white)

Image for comparison


Raw Image

Key Information


H. Staunton ?


Harry Staunton

Date of Photo

March 2nd 1940?


Lhasa > Barkhor > Sungchora

Accession number


Image Dimensions

112 x 67 mm

Mounted Tibetan nobility processing along the Barkhor in Lhasa. Monks and lay people line the street and there are some onlookers on the roof of a house. Two monk policemen, dobdob, can be seen on the right in front of an incense burner, bsang khang, holding wooden staves. This could be the 24th day of the first Tibetan month, Casting out the Votive Offering for the Great Prayer.

Further Information


Ritual Activity , Riding

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" and the number 512? are printed on the reverse of the print in black ink. [KC 1/11/2005]

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - Hugh Richardson notes, "South-eastern end of Lhasa?". [Hugh Richardson in conversation with Roger Croston, detailed in H. Staunton undated Related Documents File, PRM Manuscript Collections] [KC 1/11/2005]

Other Information - Dates

Other Information - Dates: This and 1999.23.2.48 may both be taken on the same day and relate to the group of images with the number 611 stamped on the reverse in red ink. The latter were taken on the 23rd and 24th days of the first Tibetan month in the year 1940. [KC 1/11/2005]

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]

Other Information - Setting

Other Information - Setting: According to T. the house on the right of the picture is Samdrub Potrang (also known as Yabshi sampho, now the Mandala hotel).

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Mounted Tibetan nobility processing along the Barkhor" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <>.

For more information about photographic usage or to order prints, please visit the The Pitt Rivers Museum.

© The Pitt Rivers Museum