River Tsangpo at Naygo with ruins of iron bridge

River Tsangpo at Naygo with ruins of iron bridge

2001. (Film negative)

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Key Information


Hugh E. Richardson


Hugh Richardson

Date of Photo



Yarlung Valley Region > Naygo

Accession number


Image Dimensions

55 x 55 mm

Man walking on the north bank of the Tsangpo at Naygo (gnas mgo) north of the Yarlung valley near Ngari dratshang (mnga' ris grwa tshang). It is possible to see the two banks across which an iron bridge was once strung. Overexposed.

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 1949 tour of the Yarlung and Chyongye valleys

Previous Catologue Number

Negative Album 9 No. 77

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]

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - Notes in negative index - Folio 77. 'Site of Snang-sgo' iron bridge'. [KC 30/5/2006]

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - Richardson's Handlist, Negative book '9' 'Drikhung, Chongye etc.' [no] 77. 'There was an iron chain bridge between the two islets in the photograph. It was made by Thang-ston rgyal-po. The placeis known as Sgnas-mgo, it is on the north bank of the Gtsang-po (Brahmaputra) north of the Yarlung valley.' [KC 3/6/2006]

Other Information - Location: Richardson mentions the site in High Peaks, Pure Earth , London, Serindia Publications, 1998, p. 317. "Four miles upstream from the 'On valley a ferry crosses to Rtse-thang on the south bank. It passes two rocky islets with runed masonry towers which formerly supported one of Thang-stong rgyal-po's famous iron-chain bridges."

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "River Tsangpo at Naygo with ruins of iron bridge" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <http://tibet.prm.ox.ac.uk/photo_2001.>.

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