2001.59.15.54.1 (Film negative)
Hugh E. Richardson
Yarlung Valley Region > Tsenthang Yu'i lhakhang
55 x 55 mm
Negative film nitrate
Donated August 2001
The executors of the estate of Hugh E. Richardson
Richardson's 1949 tour of the Yarlung and Chyongye valleys
Negative Album 9 No. 53
‘Mk’yen Brtse’s guide to the Holy Places of Central Tibet’, Alfonsa Ferrari, Rome: ISMEO, Serie Orinetale Roma XVI, 1958 [view list of illustrations]
Manual Catalogues - Notes on negative album (slip cover) - 'Drikhung. Chongye. etc.' in Richardson's hand in white. (Yellow spine label) 'DRIKHUNG. CHONGYE. KOTSHAL. RGYAMA. Ganden 1948'. (Cover) - '9 DRIKHUNG. CHONGYE. YARLUNG. GYAMA. GANDEN' [KC 15/5/2006]
Manual Catalogues - Notes in negative index - Folio 53. 'do' BTSAN THANG G.YU'I LHAKHANG'. [KC 15/5/2006]
Manual Catalogues - Richardson's Handlist, Negative book '9' 'Drikhung, Chongye etc.' [no] 52,  'Btsan-thang g.yu'i lha-khang, another early foundation near Khra-'brug. See Mkhyen-brtse p 128 note 278' [KC 17/5/2006]
Other Information - History: Richardson discusses this site in High Peaks, Pure Earth' London, Serindia Publications, 1998, p.
296. "Other religious foundations attributed to Khri Srong-lde-btsan include the Btsan-thang G.yu'i Lha-khang in Yar-lung, a smaller version of the great temple of Khra-'brug but not comparable with it in prestige or wealth. The chief image was Rnam-par snang-mdzad as in the majority of temples of this period. Nearby there ws a small chapel of Avolokiteshvara with a thousand arms and a thousand eyes, and the Tshes-chu bum-pa, a large white mchod-rten - the Vase of Eternal Life - built to contain a crystal image from India given to Padmasambhava. It is said that water pours from it on the fifteenth day of each month." Also, "Nearby [to Tshes-bcu Bum-pa] is the little Btsan-thang G.yu'i Lha-khang (1949), which owes its name to its rooflet covered with turquoise-blue tiles. Its foundation is attributed to one of Khri Srong-lde-brtsan's queens. It has some resemblance to the Ra-mo-che in design, though much smaller. ... The roof was supported by a wooden lantern construction like that of the top storey of the Bsam-yas dbu-rtse ." (p. 319)
For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Tsenthang Yu'i lhakhang in the Yarlung valley" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <http://tibet.prm.ox.ac.uk/photo_2001.59.15.54.1.html>.
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