Jigme Taring in gyaluche dress

Jigme Taring in gyaluche dress

1998.131.493.1 (Film negative)

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Key Information


Frederick Spencer Chapman


Frederick Spencer Chapman

Date of Photo

February 13th 1937

Named Person

Jigme Taring


Lhasa > Dekyi Lingka

Accession number


Image Dimensions

60 x 92

Jigme Taring in ceremonial gyaluche dress at New Year Ceremonies. Head and shoulders portrait.

Further Information

Photographic Process

Negative film nitrate

Date Acquired

Donated 1994

Donated by

Mrs Faith Spencer Chapman


British Diplomatic Mission to Lhasa 1936-37

Photo also owned by

Frederick Spencer Chapman

Previous Catologue Number

A.16 [view film roll]

Previous Pitt Rivers Museum Number


Other Information

In Negative - 'A-16' has been scratched into the negative in the bottom left hand corner [MS 28/03/2006]

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - Caption in Chapman's hand-written list of negatives made whilst on the Mission to Lhasa, 1936-7 [See PRM Manuscripts Collection]: 'Jigme head and shoulders in Geluchy' [MS 28/03/2006]

Biographical Information - Jigme Taring in gyaluche, the dress of the Princes of Tibet, which was only worn at ceremonies such as New Year. Jigme was the nephew of Raja Taring of Sikkim and had attended St Paul’s School in Darjeeling, India. In 1936 he was a Dëpon (general in the Tibetan army) and was married to Rinchen Dolma (“Mary”) Taring with whom he lived in a small house next to the Tsarong mansion. Both he and his wife spoke fluent English and were friendly with the members of the British Mission. Jigme later became a member of the Tibetan government and the chief architect in Lhasa. After 1959 he continued to work for the Tibetan government-in-exile whilst his wife founded the Tibetan Homes Foundation in Mussorie, Northern India. [CH 2003]

Other Information - Related Images

Other Information - Related Images: Images prefixed with 'A' comprise a group of negatives containing images of officials and the Regent riding in ceremonial dress up to the Potala. They all seem to have been taken on the second day of the New Year ceremonies on February 13th 1937 [MS 28/03/2006]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Jigme Taring in gyaluche dress" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <http://tibet.prm.ox.ac.uk/photo_1998.131.493.1.html>.

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