Three Yaso maids of honour

Three Yaso maids of honour

BMR.6.8.171 (Transparency colour)

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Key Information


Hugh E. Richardson


Hugh Richardson

Date of Photo



Lhasa >

Accession number


Image Dimensions

60 x 90 mm

Three Yaso maids of honour in ceremonial dress and headdress standing at the top of a flight of stairs leading into a house. There are two female servants behind them and a male servant on the right.

Further Information

Photographic Process

Transparency Colour


Hugh E. Richardson

Other Information

Technical Information - The camera used to take this collection of colour slides (Dufay colour) were a Zeiss Super Ikonta and a Reflex Korelle. [KC 09/10/2006]

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - Typewritten handlist entitled 'Hugh Richardson Collection, The British Museum. Photographs taken between 1936-50. Cameras: Zeiss Super Ikonta, Reflex Korelle. 300 colour slides (Dufay colour); copies made Jan. 1995.
[no.] 171. Maids of honour for the Yaso Ruthog. The three at centre are noble ladies, the others are servants.' [KC 10/10/2006]

Other Information - Background: Richardson briefly discusses the duties of the Yaso in Ceremonies of the Lhasa Year, 1993, London: Serindia Publications, pp. 31-3. Two officials were appointed with the Mongol title of Yaso for the duration two days on the 22nd and 23rd days of the first Tibetan month for the preparations of the camp at Lubu and the Review at Trapchi. The title Yaso carries with it the responsibilities of commanding the two wings of the ancient militia and leading the military exercises over the two days. "In the morning,dressed in magnificent robes and mounted on ponies caparisoned with gilded trappings and coloured rosettes on their heads, the Yaso ride in procession with a large retinue to the Jokhang ... The Yaso robes are of the most costly brocade embroidered with dragons on the front and back, and so heavy they can stand up by themselves. They wear large, round,flat hats with a fur brim and red silk crown with a vase-shaped gold and turquoise ornament and a coral button on top. The robe is girded by a wide gold belt and they wear a dagger, an embroidered purse and a silk-covered cup case. Their attendants are also in fine brocade or silk of blue or green; some have a red baldric over the right shoulder; some have flat fur-brimmed hats; others have Mongol style fez-shaped brocade hats; they wear gold bracelets and carry coral rosaries. The retinue is completed by a group of six ladies. Two are maids of honour, usually relations of the Yaso; two are servers of chang (barley beer) and are also of noble rank. These four are dressed in fine brocade with the traditional bright striped apron,and a lavish display of ornaments of turquoise,gold, pearls, coral and amber. The other two are household servants and less richly dressed." (p. 31) [KC 21/9/2006]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Three Yaso maids of honour" 05 Dec. 2006. The British Museum. <>.

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