Sedan chair being carried across the Trapshi plain

Sedan chair being carried across the Trapshi plain

1999.23.2.74 (Print black & white)

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Key Information


H. Staunton ?


Harry Staunton

Date of Photo

March 1st 1940?


Lhasa > Trapshi

Accession number


Image Dimensions

112 x 64 mm

Sedan chair borne by a dozen liveried bearers being carried across the wide open plain near the Trapshi barracks on the 23rd day of the 1st Tibetan month during the Review at Trapshi. This is the occasion when the Kashag reviews the Tibetan army. There are crowds and mountains in the background.

Further Information


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 print/mount - " Velox" printed in black ink and the number 611 in red can be found on the back of the print. There are also pencil markings with a tick and the number 9. [KC 29/10/2005]

Other Information - Setting

Other Information - Setting: See Hugh Richardson, 1993 Ceremonies of the Lhasa Year , London, Serindia, pp. 34-37 for a description of the Review at Trapchi. [KC 31/10/2005]

Other Information - Dates

Other Information - Dates: Staunton was certainly in Lhasa for the Tibetan New Year in 1940 and possibly in 1941. This image is part of a group of 17 photographs taken over a two-day period (the 23rd and 24th of the first Tibetan month) which have the number 611 stamped in red on the back. [KC 31/10/2005]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Sedan chair being carried across the Trapshi plain" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <>.

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