Officials at Monlam Torgya outside entrance of Jokhang

Officials at Monlam Torgya outside entrance of Jokhang

2001. (Film negative)

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Key Information


Hugh E. Richardson


Hugh Richardson

Date of Photo

1940 - 1948


Lhasa > Jokhang (main entrance from Doring house)

Accession number


Image Dimensions

58 x 55 mm

The main entrance to the Jokhang during the Monlam Torgya ceremony. The Shengo (proctors of Drepung) are sitting on a bench on the left of the photograph and lay officials are lined up on the right looking in the direction of the standard in the foreground.

Further Information


Ritual Activity

Photographic Process

Negative film nitrate

Date Acquired

Donated August 2001

Donated by

The executors of the estate of Hugh E. Richardson


Hugh E. Richardson

Manual Catalogues -

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 8/7/2006]

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - Notes on negative index - Folio 24. 'Mipon'. [KC 17/7/2006]

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - Richardson's hand list: Negative album No.1 'New Year Ceremonies at Lhasa'. The Smon-lam gtor-rgyag Ceremony on 24th of 1st month for driving out evil. No. 22-4. 'The rkang-dmag , foot soldiery, known as Gzimg sbyong-nga , arrive led by the city magistrates, mi-dpon . The soldiers wear old armour and carry wicker shields, Tibetan-made muskets and some have bows and arrows and quivers.' [KC 17/7/2006]

Other Information - Background: See Hugh E. Richardson,
Ceremonies of the Lhasa Year , 1993, London: Serindia Publications, pp 39-49 for a description of the Monlam Torgya ( mon lam gtor rgyag) ceremony. "The ceremony of Monlam Torgya is the longest and the most spectacular event of the New Year celebrations. It is the high point of the Yaso's tenure of office and the day for which the Tsisher was the preparation. It brings together religious and secular elements and marks the formal end of the Monlam Chenmo." (p.39) [KC 23/10/2006]

Other Information - Dates

Other Information - Dates: This photograph was probably taken after 1939 as the structure that previously stood over the bench where the Shengo would sit during ceremonies in the First month of the Tibetan year has been removed. Between 1940 and 1948 alterations were made to the Jokhang, an additional window was placed in the wall on the left of the image and the small roofed structure was removed. This has assisted the dating of this image [MS 17/6/2006]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Officials at Monlam Torgya outside entrance of Jokhang" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <>.

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