Portrait of an aristocratic woman of Lhasa wearing typical Central Tibetan coral and pearl headdress, turquoise ear-rings, a “gau” (amulet box) at her neck, and the married woman’s striped apron. The pose and setting, with the European furniture and textiles of a wealthy Lhasa family, is carefully arranged in the style of Indian studio photography.
Collection: Sir Charles Bell, Date of Photo: 1920-1921, Region: Lhasa, Aristocratic wife of Lhasa official in gala attire. The typical Central Tibetan head-dress is mainly of pearls with a few large corals; the earrings of turquoises. The charm-box “ga’u” (amulet box) on the chest is of gold, set with diamonds, rubies, sapphires, and turquoises’.