2001.59.5.10.1 (Film negative)
Hugh E. Richardson
Lhasa > Potala > Deyang shar
58 X 55 mm
Dancing , Performing , Ritual Activity
Negative film nitrate
Donated August 2001
The executors of the estate of Hugh E. Richardson
Hugh E. Richardson
Manual Catalogues - Notes on negative album - '5' 'Yaso. Serpang. Byamspa gdan dren. Taarpa gling Oracle, lhosar [?] ceremonies. Jo mo lhari, Phari' is written on the negative album in white in Richardson's hand. [KC 31/7/2006]
Manual Catalogues - Notes on negative index - Folio 10. 'do' [DGU GTOR DANCE]'. [KC 31/7/2006]
Manual Catalogues - Richardson's Handlist - 'Vol. 5' Nos. 8-11 "The Lama dance at the end of the old year, on the 29th of the 12th month, in the courtyard of the at the east end of the Potala, known as Bde-yangs-shar. The Dalai Lama watches from his rooms, high up overlooking the courtyard. no.11 shows the monks' orchestra. (The Tibet Society of the U.K. has films of this ceremony which is called the Rtse Dgu-gtor, "the Gtor-rgyag at the Rtse on the 29th.)"
Other Information - Background: See Hugh Richardson, Ceremonies of the Lhasa Year , 1993, London: Serindia Publications, pp. 116-123 for a description of this event. "The year draws to a close with the Tse Gutor, a solemn performance of cham , Tantric dances, to purge the accumulated sins and mischances of the past and to clear the way for the year to come. Of the whole cycle of ceremonies, it is the most deeply charged with mystic, almost sacramental, significance. ... The setting for the ceremony is the great eastern courtyard of the Potala, the Deyang Shar. It is entered by a long, steep, triple stair below which is a well-proportioned flight of stone steps. The wide central windows are hung with bright valances; the uppermost, curtained with yellow silk, is that of the private room of the Dalai Lama from which he may watch the dances; the two below are for the Kashag and other senior officials repectively. Over the head of the stairway is a fine brocade curtain. On the north side of the courtyard a long canopy, beautifully decorated with designs in blue and with a large demon head in the centre, shelters the padded seats for the monk orchestra. An open parapet above it provides a viewpoint for spectators as does a similar parapet to the south beneath which are galleries for ladies and other distinguished persons. ... " (p. 116) [KC 1/8/2006]
For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Cham performace in eastern courtyard of Potala" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <http://tibet.prm.ox.ac.uk/photo_2001.59.5.10.1.html>.
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