Abbot of Ganden outside Jokhang

Abbot of Ganden outside Jokhang

2001. (Film negative)

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Key Information


Hugh E. Richardson


Hugh Richardson

Date of Photo

March 14th 1939


Lhasa > Jokhang (main entrance from Doring house)

Accession number


Image Dimensions

58 x 55 mm

The Ganden Tripa (dga' ldan khri pa) or Abbot of Ganden, leaving the Jokhang during the Lugong gyalpo (glud 'gong rgyal po) ceremony. A monk is carrying a ceremonial umbrella above him and he is preceded by monks carrying censers and insense. Crowds of mainly monk onlookers line the street.

Further Information


Ritual Activity , Worshipping

Photographic Process

Negative film nitrate

Date Acquired

Donated August 2001

Donated by

The executors of the estate of Hugh E. Richardson


Hugh E. Richardson

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - Notes on negative album - '1' 'Chipsha: Dzonggyab [rdzong rgyab]: Torgyap [gtor rgyag] ----- [illegible]' is written in white in Richardson's hand. Notes inside negative album: white label with Richardson's name and address in St. Andrews. [KC 8/7/2006]

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - Notes on negative index - Folio 73. 'do' [KHRI RINPOCHE LEAVES] [KC 17/7/2006]

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - Richardson's Hand List: Negative album No.1 nos. 72-3. 'Th Khri Rin-po-che of Dga' ldan leaves at the end of the ceremony'. [KC 26/7/2006]

Other Information - Background: See Hugh E. Richardson,
Ceremonies of the Lhasa Year , 1993. London: Serindia Publications. pp. 46-7. "When the procession from the Jokhang has left it is followed by shortly by the Ganden Tri Rinpoche who comes out of the Jokhang wearing robes of maroon and a yellow, peaked, monastic hat with a tasselled eyeshade. He is preceded by a file of monks with sticks of incense and followed by a large retinue of yellow hatted Geshes with shawls each carrying a maroon blanket in front of him. A yellow state umbrella is carried behind the Tri Rinpoche". [KC 26/7/2006]

Other Information - The Tri Rinpoche (
'khri rin po che ) also known as Ganden Tripa ( dga' ldan khri pa ) meaning 'Throne holder of the Ganden Monastery', is the highest authority in Gulugpa (dge lugs pa) school of Tibetan Buddhism. [TS 9/2/2005]

Technical Information - This image seems to have been taken with a Zeiss Super Ikonta C camera. This was a 6x9 format camera but came with a film plane mask that enabled 6x4.5 images to be taken. This enabled 16 images to be taken on a roll of 120 film as opposed to 8 without the mask [MS 6/10/2005]

Other Information - Dates

Other Information - Dates: In a letter to his parents dated November 6th 1936, Hugh Richardson commented that he was investigating buying a new Zeiss Super Ikonta camera [Hugh Richardson Manuscript Archive, Bodleian Library, MS. Or. Richardson 3 folio 46]. On March 29th 1937 he comments in a further letter to his parents that it would probaby be better to use the larger image frame [MS Or Richardson 3 folio 82]. This has assisted the dating of this image to 1937 [MS 6/10/2005]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Abbot of Ganden outside Jokhang" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <>.

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