Statue of Srongtsan gampo at Gyama

Statue of Srongtsan gampo at Gyama

2001. (Film negative)

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Key Information


Hugh E. Richardson


Hugh Richardson

Date of Photo



East Kyichu Valley Region > Gyama

Accession number


Image Dimensions

35 mm

Statue of Srongtsan gampo at Gyama (rgya ma) in the East Kyichu Valley region. The statue is dressed in brocade robes and two smaller images, that of his two wives, can be seen to his side and behind him. In front of the statue there is a row of metal bowls containing water offerings and on the left there is a large stand for insense sticks. Also there is a butter lamp in front of the statue and white katag scarves hanging on a line on the right of the image. Scroll paintings can be seen in the background.

Further Information

Photographic Process

Negative film nitrate

Date Acquired

Donated August 2001

Donated by

The executors of the estate of Hugh E. Richardson


Richardson's 1948 tour of the East Kyichu Valley

Previous Catologue Number

Negative Album 9 No. 76

Other Information

In Negative - 'KODAK 5052 TMX' and 'OA' are printed on the sides of the negative. [KC 3/6/2006]

Technical Information - This image is of a print which has been re-photographed. [KC 3/6/2006] Richardson states that the negative for this image is missing in the handlist entry for no. 87. It reads, "Small chapel containing large image of Srong-brtsan sgam-po who was reputedly born in the Rgya-ma valley, where the chapel is. Photograph of the image is in my Tibet and its History p 86. The negative is missing or mislaid." [KC 5/6/2006]

Manual Catalogues -

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]

Research publication - Tibet and its History, Hugh Richardson, (1962), 1984, Boston & London, Shambala, plate 5a.

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Statue of Srongtsan gampo at Gyama " 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <>.

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