Headmen of Betsang wearing wickerwork hats

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2001. (Print)

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Key Information


Hugh E. Richardson


Hugh Richardson

Date of Photo

May 21st - 31st 1939


Betsang Region > Nyenchen Thangla

Accession number


Image Dimensions

151 X 120 mm

Two Betsang headmen in felt boots with wickerwork hats on their head. This is the dress of the nomads of the area some eighty miles north-west of Lhasa. The man on the right also has a tinder box attached to his waist. There are people wearing fur-lined wrap-over coats (chuba) and horses in the background.

Further Information

Photographic Process

Print silver

Date Acquired

Donated August 2001

Donated by

The executors of the estate of Hugh E. Richardson


Richardson's visit to Talung, 1939

Other Information

Notes on print/mount - 'Brog pa' [nomads] is written on the reverse of print in pencil and 'Nomads of 'Dam' in blue in blue ink in Richardson's hand. [KC 18/4/2006]

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - Richardson' hand list: Album 2. [no.] 62. 'Headmen of Betsang'

Other Information - Location: Richardson discusses the significance of 'Dam in
High Peaks, Pure Earth , London, Serindia Publications, 1998, pp. 231-2, "..., I have heard of, but have not seen, tumuli in 'Dam about seventy-five miles north-west of Lhasa on the road tp Nag-chu-kha. There, at a place called La-rken-mdo - so I am told - are many mounds under which are reputed to be buried the soldiers of a Mongol army which was sent to invade Tibet but was overwhelmed by snow. ... 'Dam was the favourite residence and hunting ground of the Oelot kings of Tibet from Gusri Khan (1640) onwards."

Other Information - Dates

Other Information - Dates: This image can be related to a group of 13 images which have contact prints with the batch development number '512 taken on, before or just after the Talung tour in May 1939. This batch number relates also to the 512 Black for 21 6x9 images suggesting that by this time Richardson was using two cameras and that the batch numbers can also correlate with each other across print sizes [MS 17/12/2005]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Headmen of Betsang wearing wickerwork hats" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <http://tibet.prm.ox.ac.uk/photo_2001.>.

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