Crowds gathered to watch Torgya in Barkhor

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2001. (Print)

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Key Information


Hugh E. Richardson


Hugh Richardson

Date of Photo

March 12th 1950


Lhasa > Barkhor

Accession number


Image Dimensions

57 X 56 mm

Crowds of monks and laypeople assembling for the Torgyag chenpo in an open area in Lhasa. There are monks in the centre surrounded by laypeople and houses in the background.

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 - 'Torgyab Chenmo 19 49 /50' (in pencil) is written on the reverse of print in Richardson's hand and 'Ridax' is printed in black. [KC 7/9/2006]

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - Notes on negative index - Folio 53. [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 gathered to watch Torgya in Barkhor" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <>.

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