Uru Katshal monastery

Uru Katshal monastery

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

One of the monastery buildings at Uru Katshal (dbu ru ka tshal), the Maldro gongkar (mal gro dgon dkar). Its lower part is most probably painted red. There is a dry stone wall in the foreground. The negative is damaged on the left hand side most probably from the time it was in the camera.

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. 85

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 85. 'do' [MAL GRO DGON DKAR]. [KC 30/5/2006]

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - Richardson's Handlist, Negative book '9' 'Drikhung, Chongye etc.' [no] 83. 'Mal 'gron dgon-pa also known as Ka-tshal. Mkhyen-brtse p 110. Mal-gro is some 40 mles up stream from Lhasa (East) on left bank of Skyid chu.' [KC 5/6/2006]

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." Also, 'One of Srong-brtsan sgam-po's reputed foundations which has a genuine appearance of antiquity was the tiny Thugs-dam Gtsug-lag-khang of Ka-tshal at Mal-gro Gong-dkar. ... It was barely thirteen metres long, and one had to squeeze around the ambulatory behind the altar. ... Nearby there was a large and wealthy temple founded by Padmasambhava." (p.294) [KC 5/6/2006]

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

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