Jigme Taring in gyaluche dress

Jigme Taring in gyaluche dress

BMR. (Album Print black & white)

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Key Information


Frederick Spencer Chapman


Hugh E. Richardson

Date of Photo

February 13th 1937

Named Person

Jigme Taring


Lhasa > Dekyi Lingka

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Jigme Taring in ceremonial gyaluche dress at New Year Ceremonies. Full length portrait.

Further Information

Photographic Process

Print gelatin silver


British Diplomatic Mission to Lhasa 1936-37

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Donated to the British Museum in 1986 by Hugh E. Richardson

Previous Catologue Number

A.17 [view film roll]

Related Collections

F. S. Chapman Collection in the Pitt Rivers Museum

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Other Information

Notes on print/mount - 'Taring Depon - Jigme' has been written beneath the image in the album in pencil, apparently not by Hugh Richardson [MS 12/06/2006]

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - Caption in Chapman's hand-written list of negatives made whilst on the Mission to Lhasa, 1936-7 [See PRM Manuscripts Collection]: '1/2 Jigme full in Geluchy'; PRM Manuscripts Collection: ‘List of Tibetan Prints and Negatives’ - Book 2: ‘35/1 - Jigme Tering, Tsarong’s brother in law in Geluchey ceremonial dress’ [MS 28/03/2006]

Research publication - Clare Harris and Tsering Shakya (eds.), 'Seeing Lhasa: British Depictions of the Tibetan Capital 1936-1947', Chicago: Serindia Publications, 2003, p. 48.

Biographical Information - Jigme Taring in gyaluche, the dress of the Princes of Tibet, which was only worn at ceremonies such as New Year. Jigme was the nephew of Raja Taring of Sikkim and had attended St Paul’s School in Darjeeling, India. In 1936 he was a Dëpon (general in the Tibetan army) and was married to Rinchen Dolma (“Mary”) Taring with whom he lived in a small house next to the Tsarong mansion. Both he and his wife spoke fluent English and were friendly with the members of the British Mission. Jigme later became a member of the Tibetan government and the chief architect in Lhasa. After 1959 he continued to work for the Tibetan government-in-exile whilst his wife founded the Tibetan Homes Foundation in Mussorie, Northern India. [CH 2003]

Other Information - Album: This image appears alongside two others of Tsarong Dzasa and Ringang on page 24 of Hugh Richardson's album 'Lhasa 1936' [MS 12/06/2006]

Other Information - Related Images

Other Information - Related Images: Images prefixed with 'A' comprise a group of negatives containing images of officials and the Regent riding in ceremonial dress up to the Potala. They all seem to have been taken on the second day of the New Year ceremonies on February 13th 1937 [MS 28/03/2006]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Jigme Taring in gyaluche dress" 05 Dec. 2006. The British Museum. <http://tibet.prm.ox.ac.uk/photo_BMR.>.

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