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images by Corentin Chamboredon, 16 March 2014
I have found a black and white photograph
showing the flag of Kadang
regiment, the bodyguards of the Dalai lama. The photograph was apparently taken
in 1956 since it shows the Dalai lama reviewing Tibetan soldiers alongside the
Chinese Prime minister Chen Yi and the Panchen lama. Behind them one can see
three flags : the Chinese flag, and two Tibetan flags.
Those two flags show some interesting elements :
- on the first one, there is the same round symbol between the two lions which appears on the flag of Khadang regiment.
- on the other one, one can see a Ka letter above the sun, a pattern similar to the flag of general Derge Se (which I think to be rather the flag of Tadang regiment).
- on these flags, some of the color rays appear very bright, which might suggest the brighter ones are yellow and the darker blue or red.
I wondered if I could have made a reconstructed flag image, but since I know that the colors of these military flags do vary according to the unit, I dropped the idea.
Corentin Chamboredon, 06 February 2015