2001.59.3.29.1 (Film negative)
Hugh E. Richardson
Mid-late 1940s? c.1946?
Lhasa > Trapshi
85 X 56 mm
Negative film nitrate
Donated August 2001
The executors of the estate of Hugh E. Richardson
Hugh E. Richardson
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Manual Catalogues - Notes on negative album - '3' 'MUG, LHOBRAG GORGE. GYANTSE. KHAMPA DANCERS. CHIPSHA MEN, CHOPA, APSOS, DREPUNG. NORBULING. DEKYI. POTALA'
Manual Catalogues - Notes on negative index - 'Chipsha Loamu [?sic]'
Research publication - "Annual parade of horsemen in traditional armour. Each aristocratic family in Lhasa used to provide one officer with six or seven retainers from their estates from ceremonial "call up" at the time of the New Year festival". David Snellgrove and Hugh Richardson, A Cultural History of Tibet , London, George Weidenfeld and Nicolson, Ltd., 1968. p. 122 and also see page 197. [TS 18/4/2005]
Other Information - Background: See Hugh E. Richardson, Ceremonies of the Lhasa Year , 1993, London: Serindia Publications, pp 31-37 for a description of the preparations and the actual day of the Review at Trapshi. The cavalry wear "chain-mail, much of it mere remnants, steel breast plates, steel helmets with brocade lappets and peacock plumes, heavy cloth trousers decorated with blue devices, and special boots. ..." (p. 34) [KC 15/7/2006]
Other Information - Dates: Richardson seems to have resumed using 6x9 negatives in the mid-late 1940s and some other prints without brand names, as the contact for this print is, were developed around this time. Also, many of the images in this group of contact prints seem to have been taken at Sonam Wangchuk’s residence prior to this event, suggesting that they were taken later in Richardson’s residence in Lhasa rather than earlier, when he would usually attend such events as the guest of government. Other 6x9 contact prints without brand names can be identified to 1946 [MS 19/12/2005]
For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Horseman dress in old military costume." 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <http://tibet.prm.ox.ac.uk/photo_2001.59.3.29.1.html>.
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