Shengo leaving Jokhang at Monlam Torgyap

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2001. (Print)

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Key Information


Hugh E. Richardson


Hugh Richardson

Date of Photo

March 6th 1937


Lhasa > Jokhang (Shira gate from Doring house)

Accession number


Image Dimensions

90 x 116 mm

The Shengo (proctors of Drepung monastery) carrying their staff of office leaving the Jokhang through the Shira gate. A crowd of spectators look on.

Further Information



Photographic Process

Print silver , Enlargement

Date Acquired

Donated August 2001

Donated by

The executors of the estate of Hugh E. Richardson


Hugh E. Richardson

Other Information

Notes on print - 'Torgyab Shengo' is written on the reverse of print not in Richardson's hand. [KC 28/7/2006]

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - Richardson's Hand List: Negative album No.1 "Monks of the Rnam-rgyal Grwa tshang, the Dalai Lama's special monastery on the Potala Hill, and of the Sngags pa (tantric) college of Drepung conduct a prayer ceremony in preparation for the throwing out of the gtorma". [KC 23/10/2006]

Technical Information - This image seems to have been taken with a Zeiss Super Ikonta C camera. This was a 6x9 format camera but came with a film plane mask that enabled 6x4.5 images to be taken. This enabled 16 images to be taken on a roll of 120 film as opposed to 8 without the mask [MS 6/10/2005]

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. [KC 21/7/2006]

Other Information - Dates

Other Information - Dates: In a letter to his parents dated November 6th 1936, Hugh Richardson commented that he was investigating buying a new Zeiss Super Ikonta camera [Hugh Richardson Manuscript Archive, Bodleian Library, MS. Or. Richardson 3 folio 46]. On March 29th 1937 he comments in a further letter to his parents that it would probaby be better to use the larger image frame [MS Or Richardson 3 folio 82]. This has assisted the dating of this image to 1937 [MS 6/10/2005]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Shengo leaving Jokhang at Monlam Torgyap" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <>.

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