Crowds at the Torgyag chenpo in Lhasa

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2001. (Print)

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Key Information


Hugh E. Richardson


Hugh Richardson

Date of Photo

March 12th 1950



Accession number


Image Dimensions

57 X 56 mm

Crowds thronging an open space in Lhasa for the Torgyag chenpo. Some women in the foreground appear to have paper hats on their heads. There is a tent awning on the left of the photograph and some monks in the centre.

Further Information


Ritual Activity

Photographic Process

Print silver

Date Acquired

Donated August 2001

Donated by

The executors of the estate of Hugh E. Richardson


Hugh E. Richardson

Other Information

Notes on print - 'Monlam Dharma Torgyab Chenmo 1950' (in pencil) is written on the reverse of print in Richardson's hand and 'Ridax' is stamped in black. [KC 7/9/2006]

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - Notes on negative album - '5' 'Yaso. Serpang. Byamspa gdan dren. Taarpa gling Oracle, lhosar [?] ceremonies. Jo mo lhari, Phari' is written on the negative album in white in Richardson's hand. [KC 31/7/2006]

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - Notes on negative index - Folio 50. [blank] [KC 31/7/2006]

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - Richardson's Handlist - 'Vol. 5' 'Nos 48-54. Gtor rgyag chen-po. A special gtor rgyag on 25th July 1948 directed against the threat from Chinese Communists. Prayer ceremony near old Chinese Yamen on east south of city. Large body of monks chanting and clapping hands slowly; a special gtor ma lit by the Gnas chung Oracle, contained many strange things including a human skin. At the end of the ceremony a great storm of wind, dust and thunder suddenly blew up from a clear sky.' [KC 14/8/2006]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Crowds at the Torgyag chenpo in Lhasa" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <>.

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