Tethong Sonam Tobgye Wangchuk on roof of house

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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

85 x 60 mm

Tethong Sonam Tobgye Wangchuk dressed as a Yaso in ceremonial dress and hat seated on a chair on the roof of his house in Lhasa. The Potala may be seen in the background.

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 - 'Bkras mthong Bsod nams Stob byor dbang phyug' (in pencil) is written on the reverse 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 ... The Yaso robes are of the most costly brocade embroidered with dragons on the front and back, and so heavy they can stand up by themselves. They wear large, round,flat hats with a fur brim and red silk crown with a vase-shaped gold and turquoise ornament and a coral button on top. The robe is girded by a wide gold belt and they wear a dagger, an embroidered purse and a silk-covered cup case." (p. 31) [KC 21/9/2006]

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

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