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Musicians of Tongsa Penlop [Bhutan]

Musicians of Tongsa Penlop [Bhutan]

Photographer: White, John Claude

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1905

Shelfmark: Photo 20/(29)

Item number: 29

Length: 18.2

Width: 30.3

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of a group of musicians and dancers gathered in the courtyard of the Dzong (fort) at Tongsa (Trongsa) in Bhutan taken by John Claude White in 1905. This is one of a set of photographs documenting John Claude White's mission to Bhutan to invest the Penlop (Governor) of Tongsa in Central Bhutan, Ugyen Wangchuk, with the order of Knight Commander of the Indian Empire. This photograph was also reproduced in The National Geographic Magazine (Apr 1914), with the following caption: 'The King's singing girls. We were entertained by the most charming and thoughtful of hosts. Everything that could conduce to our comfort was done, camps pitched, roads mended, even houses built for us to live in; in fact, no host could have done more and few so much...On nearing the fort, a bevy of singing girls met us below the almost perpendicular approach and sang us into the Fort (Tongsa Jong)'.

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