Phunkhang Yabshi Kung and his son at a reception

Phunkhang Yabshi Kung and his son at a reception

2001. (Film negative)

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Hugh E. Richardson


Hugh Richardson

Date of Photo

June-July 1939

Named Person

Phunkhang Yabshi Kung, Phunkhang Yabshi Kung's son, Phunkhang Gyatso


Lhasa > Dekyi Lingka

Accession number


Image Dimensions

55 x 57 mm

Tibetan guests at a reception including Phunkhang Tashi Dorje (centre) and his son and Gyatso. All are dressed in silk robes typical of the Lhasa aristocracy.

Further Information

Photographic Process

Negative film nitrate

Date Acquired

Donated August 2001

Donated by

The executors of the estate of Hugh E. Richardson


Hugh E. Richardson

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - Notes on negative album - '7' 'PEOPLE'

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - Notes on negative index - Folio 17. 'Phunkang, 9, 7 [?sic]'

Other Information - Biography: See Luciano Petech, Aristocracy and Government in Tibet 1728-1959 , Serie Orientale Roma XLV, Roma: Is. M.E.O, 1973 p. 27 for a summary of Phunkhang Tashi Dorje's (b. 1888) main achievements. He was appointed a member of the council of ministers ( bka' blon ) in 1938 until his dismissal in 1946. He was a staunch supporter of the Reting Regent. He suffered from very bad eyesight. [KC 24/6/2006]

Other Information - Dates

Other Information - Dates: This image relates to a group of 15 contact prints which all have the same batch development number, 516 printed in black ink upon them. In this group of images there is one picture with Capt. A. H. O O’Malley, who had taken up the post of Medical Officer in Gyantse in July 1938 [see McKay 1997 p.236] and who visited Lhasa in early June 1939. Also, some of the images are from a ceremony at Darpoling Monastery on the 15th Day of the 5th Month, which Richardson states he saw only once and which correlate with the year 1939. Many of the images were taken in and around Lhalu mansion [MS 19/12/2005]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Phunkhang Yabshi Kung and his son at a reception" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <>.

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