Black hat dancers in the Potala at the time of Gutor

Black hat dancers in the Potala at the time of Gutor

1999. (Album Print black & white)

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Key Information


H. Staunton ?


Harry Staunton

Date of Photo

February 7th 1940


Lhasa > Potala > Deyang shar

Accession number


Image Dimensions

118 x 89 mm

The eastern courtyard, Deyang shar, of the Potala in which black hat ritual dancers are performing ritual masked dances. This is probably the occasion of the Votive Offering of the twenty-ninth day ceremony (Tshe gutor) which takes place on the twenty-ninth day of the twelth month immediately prior to the New Year. There is a bird of prey above the scene. An appliquéd banner is suspended from a first floor terrace on the left. The shadows suggest that it is midday.

Further Information


Dancing , Ritual Activity

Photographic Process

Print gelatin silver

Date Acquired

Donated 1999

Donated by

Diana Hughes


H. Staunton

Photo also owned by

Diana Hughes

Other Information

Notes on album mount - "Devil Dancing at Potala" is written in capital letters in pencil in the middle of the album page as a joint caption for four photographs (1999. [KC 20/12/2005]

Other Information - Related Images

Other Information - Related Images: 1999., 1999., 1999.23.2.19, 1999.23.2.47 [KC 29/11/2005]

Other Information - Setting

Other Information - Setting: See Hugh Richardson ( Ceremonies of the Lhasa Year, 1993, London: Serindia Publications, p. 116-123 for a descripton of this ceremony. [KC 21/12/2005]

For Citation use:
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