Abbot of Ganden outside Jokhang

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2001. (Print)

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Key Information


Hugh E. Richardson


Hugh Richardson

Date of Photo

March 14th 1939


Lhasa > Jokhang (main entrance from Doring house)

Accession number


Image Dimensions

54.5 x 53 mm

The Ganden Tripa (dga' ldan khri pa) or Abbot of Ganden, leaving the Jokhang during the Lugong gyalpo (glud 'gong rgyal po) ceremony. A monk is carrying a ceremonial umbrella above him and he is preceded by monks carrying censers and insense. Crowds of mainly monk onlookers line the street.

Further Information


Ritual Activity , Worshipping

Photographic Process

Print silver

Date Acquired

Donated August 2001

Donated by

The executors of the estate of Hugh E. Richardson

Other Information

Notes on print - 'Tri Rimpochhe at glud 'gong'.

Other Information - Dates

Other Information - Dates: This photograph was probably taken in 1939 as Richardson used a Reflex Korelle camera to take the image and he did not acquire this until 1938. He was not present in Lhasa for the Lugong ceremony in 1938, although he was there in 1939 [MS 16/12/2005]

Other Information - Background: See Hugh E. Richardson, Ceremonies of the Lhasa Year , 1993. London: Serindia Publications. pp. 46-7. "When the procession from the Jokhang has left it is followed by shortly by the Ganden Tri Rinpoche who comes out of the Jokhang wearing robes of maroon and a yellow, peaked, monastic hat with a tasselled eyeshade. He is preceded by a file of monks with sticks of incense and followed by a large retinue of yellow hatted Geshes with shawls each carrying a maroon blanket in front of him. A yellow state umbrella is carried behind the Tri Rinpoche". [KC 26/7/2006]

Other Information - The Tri Rinpoche (
'khri rin po che ) also known as Ganden Tripa ( dga' ldan khri pa ) meaning 'Throne holder of the Ganden Monastery', is the highest authority in Gulugpa (dge lugs pa) school of Tibetan Buddhism. [TS 9/2/2005]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Abbot of Ganden outside Jokhang" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <>.

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