Click here to skip to content

Lamas' quarters - Tongsa Jong [Bhutan]

Lamas' quarters - Tongsa Jong [Bhutan]

Photographer: White, John Claude

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1905

Shelfmark: Photo 20/(30)

Item number: 30

Length: 23.5

Width: 28.9

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the interior of Ugyen Wangchuk's house at Byagarh, a little to the east of Tongsa in Bhutan, taken by John Claude White in 1905. This view looks across a paved courtyard towards two sides of the two-storeyed wooden building. This is one of a set of photographs documenting White's mission to Bhutan to invest Sir Ugyen, the Penlop (Governor) of Tongsa (Trongsa) in Central Bhutan, with the order of Knight Commander of the Indian Empire. The caption as given appears to be incorrect. The photograph also appears in The National Geographic Magazine (Apr 1914), with the following caption: 'Interior of Sir Ugyen's house at Byagha, with groups of weaving women: on right upper storey are the weaving rooms'. This identification is strengthened by a further description in the body of the article: '...Sir Ugyen took me all over his house. On the east front, occupying the whole width of the building, was a long, well-ventilated factory, where many girls were busy weaving silk and cotton fabrics, chiefly the former. The silk was in the main tussar, obtained from Assam and the northern hills. It was altogether a very charming and home-like dwelling, and evidently managed by an excellent and capable housewife in his eldest daughter, who lives with him and superintends his household'. Possibly the lower floor was occupied by monks.

Search within this collection

Elsewhere on our websites


Latest events - register free online

Mobile app

For iPhone, iPad and Android

Report a Concern

What is the nature of your concern?

Report a Concern

What is the nature of your concern?

Email link to a friend

Write a brief note to accompany the email

Your friend's email address: