Crowds at the Torgyag chenpo in Lhasa

Crowds at the Torgyag chenpo in Lhasa

2001. (Film negative)

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Hugh E. Richardson


Hugh Richardson

Date of Photo

25th July 1948



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Image Dimensions

57 X 55 mm

Crowds thronging an open space in Lhasa for the Torgyag chenpo. There is a group of monks to the left of the image sitting on the ground and there are some monks on the right controlling the crowd. There are crowds on the rooftops some of whom are holding umbrellas and others who are sitting under a tent-like awning. The bottom of the image is obstructed.

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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 - '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 -

Manual Catalogues - Notes on negative index - Folio 51. [blank] [KC 31/7/2006]

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - Richardson's Handlist - 'Vol. 5' 'Nos 48-54. Gtor rgyag chen-po. A special gtor rgyag on 25th July 1948 directed against the threat from Chinese Communists. Prayer ceremony near old Chinese Yamen on east south of city. Large body of monks chanting and clapping hands slowly; a special gtor ma lit by the Gnas chung Oracle, contained many strange things including a human skin. At the end of the ceremony a great storm of wind, dust and thunder suddenly blew up from a clear sky.' [KC 14/8/2006]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Crowds at the Torgyag chenpo in Lhasa" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <>.

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