Dalai Lama's sedan chair being carried to the Jokhang

Dalai Lama's sedan chair being carried to the Jokhang

2001. (Film negative)

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Key Information


Hugh E. Richardson


Hugh Richardson

Date of Photo

October 8th 1939


Lhasa > Barkhor

Accession number


Image Dimensions

55 x 55 mm

Crowds of spectators on the Barkhor near the main entrance to the Jokhang on the day that the young Dalai Lama entered Lhasa. In the centre two brocade umbrellas and one made of peacock feathers are being held aloft and the Dalai Lama's state sedan chair is below the peacock-feathered one. The building in the centre of the image contained the offices of the Cabinet.

Further Information


Ritual Activity

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 (outer case) - (on front) 'Kodak NEGATIVE FILE' in red and yellow lettering and a white label with 'Z.' in black ink'; (on reverse) 'Kangchenjunga. Gangtok Dances. RETURN of DL. Yak dancers etc. BIRDS etc.'; the letter 'A' in the top left hand corner and '8' in the right hand corner all written in white. (On spine on yellow "Subjects" label) ' GANGTOK . LHASA . PEOPLE . D.L. animals Birds; [Dates] 1936-40' written in Richardson's hand in blue ink; (below the label) the number '8' in white overwritten by the letter 'A' in pencil. Notes on negative album - (on cover) '8, Kangchenjunga. Gangtok Dances. RETURN of DL 1939. Yak dancers. Lhamo. Officials Tests. BIRDS...'. (On the spine) "KODAK NEGATIVE FILE 2 1/4 X 2 1/4 IN. (6 X 6 CM.) in embossed gold lettering; the letter "A" in white in Richardson's hand. Notes on negative index inside the negative album under 'Subject' - [Arrival of DL at LHASA]

Other Information - Setting

Other Information - Setting: Hugh Richardson recalls this day in Simon Normanton's Tibet: The Lost Civilisation, 1988, London: Hamish Hamilton, "Two days later he [the Dalai Lama] was brought in state into Lhasa. In the Jo-Khang he was initiated as a monk and assumed names which mean 'The Holy One, The Gentle Glory, Powerful in Speech, Pure in Mind, Holder of the Faith, Ocean of Wisdom'." (p.130)

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Dalai Lama's sedan chair being carried to the Jokhang" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <http://tibet.prm.ox.ac.uk/photo_2001.>.

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