THE High Court was yesterday asked to determine whether six photographs of sex symbol Madonna published in a Chinese daily newspaper should be classified as ''obscene''. Ming Pao Holdings Limited, seeking to overturn the Obscene Article Tribunal's decision, contends the tribunal erred to look at the pictures that appeared in Ming Pao Daily in isolation, when they should have been studied with the story as a whole. The full argument of the application for a judicial review lodged by the paper was adjourned by Mr Justice Rhind to a date to be fixed, pending a Court of Appeal decision on a similar point of law raised in another case. The application arose from an article published by the newspaper on November 3, last year, in which six photographs of Madonna were printed with the story. A complaint was made by the Commissioner of the Television and Entertainment Licensing Authority to the Obscene Article Tribunal about the pictures, which were later classified by the tribunal as ''obscene''. The paper was represented by Ching Y. Wong and Steve Chui and Senior Crown Counsel Lynda Shine appeared for the tribunal.