Wangchen Geleg Surkhang,
Phuntsog Rabgye Ragashar

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2001. (Print)

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Key Information


Hugh E. Richardson


Hugh Richardson

Date of Photo


Named Person

Wangchen Geleg Surkhang, Phuntsog Rabgye Ragashar


Lhasa > Dekyi Lingka

Accession number


Image Dimensions

60 x 58 mm

Wangchen Geleg Surkhang and Phuntsog Rabgye Ragashar in a garden. They are both dressed in silk robes and have their hair plaited into top-knots and are wearing earrings of office in their left ears.

Further Information

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 - 'Surkhang & Rakashar Shappe' (in pencil) is written on the reverse of print in Richardson's hand and 'Agfa Lupex' is stamped in black. [KC 5/7/2006]

Research publication - Hugh. E. Richardson,
Tibet and Its History , 1984 (2nd edition), Boston & London: Shambala, plate 7a, "Tibetan nobles". [KC 7/7/2006]

Other Information - Biography: See Luciano Petech,
Aristocracy and Government in Tibet 1728-1959 , Serie Orientale Roma XLV, Roma: Is. M.E.O, 1973 pp. 152-3 for a summary of Surkhang Wangchuk Gelek's (b.1910) main achievements. At the time this photograph was taken, he was a member ( bka' blon ) of the council of ministers (bka' shag) which he remained until he left Tibet in 1959. Also, p.78 for a summary of Ragashar Phunsog Rabgye's achievements. [KC 24/6/2006]

Other Information - Dates

Other Information - Dates: This is one of a group of 25 images for which contact prints were made using the same printing out paper although with slighty different tonal qualities as some are very sepia toned. However, there is a very limited number of images in the collection printed out on this type of paper. One of the images in this group is from Samye and Richardson states that he photographed and copied this particular inscription pillar in 1949 [ A Corpus of Early Tibetan Inscriptions , Royal Asiatic Society: James G. Forlong Series, No. XXIX, p.26]. This suggests that the images may have been taken around that time [MS 17/12/2005]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Wangchen Geleg Surkhang,
Phuntsog Rabgye Ragashar
" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <>.

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