Phunkhang Yabshi Kung, his wife and son

Phunkhang Yabshi Kung, his wife and son

BMR.6.8.40 (Transparency colour)

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Key Information


Hugh E. Richardson


Hugh Richardson

Date of Photo


Named Person

Phunkhang Yabshi Kung, Phunkhang Yabshi Kung's wife, Phunkhang Yabshi Kung's son


Lhasa > Dekyi Lingka

Accession number


Image Dimensions

60 x 90 mm

Phunkhang Tashi Dorje (phun khang bkra shis rdo rje) Yabshi Kung (b.1888), his wife and son standing in a garden. They are wearing clothes typical of the Lhasa aristocracy.

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.] 40. Phunkhang family. Phunkhang Shappe, who was nearly blind, was often in and out of favour. He had the title of Kung through his descent from the family of a former Dalai Lama.' [KC 09/10/2006]

Other Information - Biography: See Luciano Petech, Aristocracy and Government in Tibet 1728-1959 , Serie Orientale Roma XLV, Roma: Is. M.E.O, 1973 pp. 152-3 for a summary of Phunkhang Tashi Dorje's (b. 1888) main achievements. He was appointed a member of the council of ministers ( bka' blon ) in 1938 until his dismissal in 1946. He was a staunch supporter of the Reting Regent. He suffered from very bad eyesight. [KC 24/6/2006]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Phunkhang Yabshi Kung, his wife and son" 05 Dec. 2006. The British Museum. <>.

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