Temple and monastery of Uru Katshal

Temple and monastery of Uru Katshal

2001. (Film negative)

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Key Information


Hugh E. Richardson


Hugh Richardson

Date of Photo

1948, 1949


East Kyichu Valley Region > Uru Katshal

Accession number


Image Dimensions

55 x 55 mm

The ancient temple of Uru Katshal (dbu ru ka tshal) near the mouth of wide valley where the tributary stream of the Malgro machu (mal gro ma chu), seen in the foreground, joins the Kyichu river. There is a reliquary monument (mchod rten) on the left of the temple. There are numerous other buildings spreading over the hillside possibly belonging to Kathsal monastery.

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. 81


‘High Peaks, Pure Earth’, Hugh Richardson, London, Serindia Publications, 1998 [view list of illustrations]

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 81. 'DBU RU KA TSHAL'. [KC 30/5/2006]

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - Richardson's Handlist, Negative book '9' 'Drikhung, Chongye etc.' [no] 81. 'Dbu-ru Ka-tshal. A temple of very ancient appearance, said to have been founded by Srong-brtsan sgam-po. See Mkhyen-brtse p 109, 110.' [KC 5/6/2006]

Research publication - High Peaks, Pure Earth , H. E. Richardson, London, Serindia Publications, 1998, plate 21. "Dbu-ru Ka-tshal (see also Plate 44)." [KC 10/11/2006]

Other Information - Location: Richardson mentions this site in
High Peaks, Pure Earth , London, Serindia Publications, 1998, p. 306, " ... near the mouth of a wide valley stands Dbu-ru Ka-tshal (1948-9), a temple in miniature founded by Srong-brtsan Sgam-po as one of those intended to suppress the demoness threatening Tibet. Some eight miles up the 'On valley is the ancient temple of Ke-ru (1949). It has a small assembly hall and at the back of it a red-painted door in roughly carved pillars opens onto the ancient chapel in which is a superb Sakyamuni Buddha, perhaps the most beautiful in Tibet. ... There is also a chapel of Atisa with a mchod-rten in the Indian style." [KC 5/6/2006]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Temple and monastery of Uru Katshal " 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <http://tibet.prm.ox.ac.uk/photo_2001.>.

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