Burial mounds of the Tibetan kings at Chyongye

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2001. (Print)

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Hugh E. Richardson


Hugh Richardson

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Chyongye Valley Region > Chyongye

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Image Dimensions

115 x 115 mm

The burial mounds (bang so) of the Tibetan kings in the Chyongye valley looking north from the tomb of Ralpacan. There is a chapel on the mound of Srongtsen Gampo. The mounds of Mansrong, Dusrong and Meagtsom can also be seen.

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Photographic Process

Print silver , Enlargement

Date Acquired

Donated August 2001

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The executors of the estate of Hugh E. Richardson


Richardson's 1949 tour of the Yarlung and Chyongye valleys

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Notes on print - 'Richardson' (in black ink), PLATE 2 (in pencil), '7' (in black ink), '8' (in blue ink), 'TUMULI AT CHONGYE. SONGTSEN GAMPO'S IS FURTHEST IN THE LINE' (in blue ink) is written over an entry in pencil now erased. "52 (3) is written in blue ink in the bottom left hand corner. [KC 14/6/2006]

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - Richardson's Handlist, Negative book '9' 'Drikhung, Chongye etc.' [no] 60. ' Phyong-rgyas is in a valley south of the Brahmaputra at Rtse-thang, and west of the Yarlung valley. There is a dzong on the site of a palace of the early kings called 'Phying-ba stag-rtse; and also a monastery, Ri-bo-bde-chen, of the Dge-lugs-pa sect. East of the village in a small valley are the tombs of the kings of Tibet. See Mkhyen-brtse p.130 and G. Tucci. The Tombs of the Tibetan Kings. Rome 1950.' [KC 30/5/2006]

Research publication - High Peaks, Pure Earth , H. E. Richardson, London, Serindia Publications, 1998, plate 2. "Tombs of the Tibetan kings at 'Phyong-rgyas looking north from the tomb of Ral-pa-can. The furthest mound is that of Srong-rtsan sgam-po, surmounted by a chapel; then those of Mang-srong, 'Dus-srong and Mes Ag-tshoms."

Research publication -
Mk'yen Brtse's Guide to the Holy Places of Central Tibet, A. Ferrari, Roma, Is. M. E. O., 1958, plate 31. "Ban so dmar po, the tomb of Sron btsan sgam po."

Other Information - Location: Richardson wrote an article about the location and the historical significance of the early burial grounds in the Chyonggye valley near Yarlung in
Central Afsiatic Journal , 8,2 (1963), pp. 73-92 reproduced in High Peaks, Pure Earth , London, Serindia Publications, 1998, pp. 219-233. "'Phyong-rgyas is some sixty-five miles south-east of Lhasa, near the head of a tributary of the Yar-lung Chu which flows south into the Gtsang-po near Rtse-thang. ... Not far away to the north, at the foot of the hills which enclose the valley, is the village of 'Phyong-rgyas dominated by its rdzong ; and on a sheltered hillside above the village there is the Dge-lugs-pa monastery of Ri-bo bde-chen. Higher up the steep ridge on which the rdzong stands are the ruins of what is traditionally identified with Phying-ba'i Stag-rtse, the ancient stronghold of the Tibetan kings." (219-220)

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Burial mounds of the Tibetan kings at Chyongye" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <http://tibet.prm.ox.ac.uk/photo_2001.>.

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