2001.59.1.1.1 (Film negative)
Hugh E. Richardson
March 5th 1937
Lhasa > Trapshi
54 x 43 mm
Negative film nitrate
Donated August 2001
The executors of the estate of Hugh E. Richardson
Hugh E. Richardson
Manual Catalogues - Notes on negative album - '1' 'Chipsha: Dzonggyab [rdzong rgyab]: Torgyap [gtor rgyag] ----- [illegible]' is written in white in Richardson's hand. Notes inside negative album: white label with Richardson's name and address in St. Andrews. [KC 23/10/2006]
Manual Catalogues - Notes on negative index - Folio 1. 'GRWA BZHI RTSIS BSHER' [ sic. ]; [ Trapshi Tsisher (gra phyi rtsis bsher) Review at Trapshi] [KC 23/10/2006]
Manual Catalogues - Richardson's hand list: Negative album No.1 'New Year Ceremonies at Lhasa' [nos. 1 -16] ' The Grwa bzhi (or Phyi) bsher [typed and] 'Rtsis bsher' handwritten in Richardson's hand. "This is a review of the rta-dmag , the old feudal cavalry of whom each noble family had to provide a detachment. It takes place on the sandy plain near the army barracks at Grwa-bzhi on the 23rd of the Tibetan 1st month.
No. 1 shows part of the ground and a body of junior officials sitting at the parade ground before the ceremony. The Kashag, (Cabinet) attend and sit in a tent facing the ground. [KC 8/7/2006]
Other Information - Setting: Trapshi is a military camp just outside Lhasa. The group of people sitting on the ground are junior government officials. They are wearing hats known as Bokto ( 'bog to ) worn by the sons of aristocratic families when they are first commissioned into government office. In 'Tibet Past & Present', [Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1924, p.?] Sir Charles Bell states that Trapshi Tsisher means "The Review (Inspection) at Trapshi". The annual ceremony of Trapshi Tsisher takes place on the 23rd day of the 1st Tibetan month, usually in February in the Roman calendar. The origin of the ceremony is unknown. [TS 10/1/2005]
For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Spectators at Trapshi Tsisher near Lhasa" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <http://tibet.prm.ox.ac.uk/photo_2001.59.1.1.1.html>.
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