Karmashar oracle in a Sera monastery courtyard

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2001. (Print)

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Key Information


Hugh E. Richardson


Hugh Richardson

Date of Photo

April 11th 1937

Named Person

Karmashar Oracle


Lhasa > Sera

Accession number


Image Dimensions

125 x 175 mm

The Karmashar oracle at Sera monastery. He is being attended by monks and lay officials. Crowds of monks are seated and standing on the fringes of the area watching. There is a group of four masked dancers in the centre of the image.

Further Information


Ritual Activity

Photographic Process

Print silver , Enlargement

Date Acquired

Donated August 2001

Donated by

The executors of the estate of Hugh E. Richardson


Hugh E. Richardson

Other Information

Notes on print - 'Karamashar oracle at Sera (in black ink) at Shoton (in blue ink) is written on the reverse of print in Richardson's hand ('Jamling Chisang' is crossed out). [KC 21/9/2006]

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - Richardson's Handlist - 'Vol. Album 'A' 21-48 'Tshog-mchod Gser-'phreng Other photographs in Album C os 34-47. The Tshog mchod was instituted by Samgs-rgyas Rgya-mtsho in memory of the Vth Dalai Lama. The Gser-'phreng procession is said to represent a dream the Dalai Lama had. ... 51. A dance at Se-ra monastery in prescence of the Karma-shar oracle, whose headdress can be seen in the foreground. He is the oracle connected with Sera and visits it on the 15th of the 6th month at the 'Dzam-gling spyi bsangs.'

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Karmashar oracle in a Sera monastery courtyard " 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <http://tibet.prm.ox.ac.uk/photo_2001.>.

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