Tethong Sonam Tobgye Wangchuk mounting horse

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2001. (Print)

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Key Information


Hugh E. Richardson


Hugh Richardson

Named Person

Tethong Se


Lhasa > Tethong House

Accession number


Image Dimensions

60 x 85 mm

Tethong Sonam Tobgye Wangchuk having just mounted his horse in the courtyard of his house in Lhasa. He is surrounded by attendants and one of them is holding a white greeting scarf (bka' rtags). The wooden mounting block is beside the horse on the right. There are various women and children in the courtyard, too.

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 - 'Ya-sor Bkras-mthong leaving his house' (in pencil) is written on the revese of print in Richardson's hand. [KC 21/9/2006]

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - Notes on Richardson's typed handlist: 'Album A - Nos. 65-72. 'Bras-mthong Sras as Ya-sor.' [KC 19/09/2006]

Other Information - Background: Richardson briefly discusses the duties of the Yaso in Ceremonies of the Lhasa Year, 1993, London: Serindia Publications, pp. 31-3. Two officials were appointed with the Mongol title of Yaso for the duration two days on the 22nd and 23rd days of the first Tibetan month for the preparations of the camp at Lubu and the Review at Trapchi. The title Yaso carries with it the responsibilities of commanding the two wings of the ancient militia and leading the military exercises over the two days. "In the morning,dressed in magnificent robes and mounted on ponies caparisoned with gilded trappings and coloured rosettes on their heads, the Yaso ride in procession with a large retinue to the Jokhang. ... " (p. 31) [KC 21/9/2006]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Tethong Sonam Tobgye Wangchuk mounting horse" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <http://tibet.prm.ox.ac.uk/photo_2001.>.

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