Tethong Sonam Tobgye Wangchuk mounted on horse

Tethong Sonam Tobgye Wangchuk mounted on horse

BMR.6.8.174 (Transparency colour)

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Key Information


Hugh E. Richardson


Hugh Richardson

Date of Photo



Lhasa > Tethong House

Accession number


Image Dimensions

60 x 90 mm

Tethong Sonam Tobgye Wangchuk dressed in the clothes of a Yaso on horseback surrounded by a crowd of attendants and onlookers. There are various women and children in the courtyard, too. There is a white chalk line painted on the ground.

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.] 174. Yaso preparing to leave for a procession.' [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 ..." (p. 31) [KC 20/10/2006]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Tethong Sonam Tobgye Wangchuk mounted on horse" 05 Dec. 2006. The British Museum. <http://tibet.prm.ox.ac.uk/photo_BMR.6.8.174.html>.

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