Lhawang Tobgyal Surkhang in gyaluche dress

Lhawang Tobgyal Surkhang in gyaluche dress

2001.35.345.1 (Print Black & White)

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Key Information


Hugh Richardson?


Evan Yorke Nepean

Date of Photo

February 13th 1937


Lhasa > Surkhang House

Accession number


Image Dimensions

82 x 106 mm

Lhawang Tobgyal Surkhang in ceremonial gyaluche dress as worn at New Year. Seated, with a textile-covered pillar next to him

Further Information

Photographic Process

Print silver

Date Acquired

Loaned August 2002

Donated by

Judy Goldthorp


British Diplomatic Mission to Lhasa 1936-37

Photo also owned by

Lady Nepean

Previous Catologue Number

5.12 [view film roll]

This Image also appears in another collection

BMR. 1998.131.494.1

Other Information

Notes on print/mount - 'Galuchay dress - Surkhang-Se; ink no: 38; pencil no: 5-12 ; blue no:'; from an envelope marked 'Personalities'. [KC 14/08/2006]

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]: 'Surkang. Odd dress full fitting' [MS 30/03/2006]

Exhibition - This image appeared in the 2003 Temporary Exhibition at the Pitt Rivers "Seeing Lhasa: British Depictions of the Tibetan Capital 1936-1947"

Research publication - Clare Harris and Tsering Shakya (eds.), 'Seeing Lhasa: British Depictions of the Tibetan Capital 1936-1947', Chicago: Serindia Publications, 2003, p. 14. Wrongly identified as Wangchen Gelek.

Other Information - Surkhang Lhawang Tobgyal (1915-1970), Wangchen Geleg's younger brother, "attended the English school at Gyantse (for one year only) and entered the [government service] in 1931. In 1934 he became assistant to the Grva bshi hydroelectric station. In 1942 he was appointed mda'-dpon and in 1943 was posted to the Grva bshi regiment to Nag-chu-kha. ... In 1948 he was a member of the Tibetan tade mission to China, Europe and America led by Sha-sgab-pa. He left Tibet in 1959 and died at Seattle in 1970." Luciano Petech, Aristocracy and Government in Tibet 1728-1959 , 1973, Serie Orientale Roma, XLV, ISMEO, p.152. [KC 28/10/2006]

Other Information - Related Images

Other Information - Related Images: Images prefixed with '5.' comprise a group of negatives mainly containing images of Kyipup and family and Surkang and family. Images of Surkhang Se in the group have been identified as having probably been taken by Hugh Richardson [see 1998.131.494.1 in Frederick Spencer Chapman collection at PRM] [MS 14/08/2006]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Lhawang Tobgyal Surkhang in gyaluche dress" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <http://tibet.prm.ox.ac.uk/photo_2001.35.345.1.html>.

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