Chapel housing image of Srongtsan Gampo at Gyama

Chapel housing image 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

55 x 55 mm

The chapel containing the figure of King Srongtsan Gampo at Gyama Trikhang (rgya ma khri khang) in the Gyama (rgya ma) valley. The building has turrets and few windows. There is a prayer flag on the left and a person standing beside it. The valley spreads out 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


Hugh E. Richardson

Previous Catologue Number

Negative Album 9 No. 87

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 87. 'Gya ma srong brtsan lha khang. * see 76 for image'. [KC 30/5/2006]

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - Richardson's Handlist, Negative book '9' 'Drikhung, Chongye etc.' [no] 87. '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]

Other Information - Location: Richardson mentions this site in High Peaks, Pure Earth , London, Serindia Publications, 1998, p. 306, "Further up the [Kyichu] river in a wide valley stands Rgya-ma Khri-khang " (1949), the former administrative centre of a khri ("Thousand District") under the Mongols. It is surrounded by a square enclosure of trees and a low wall. Inside there are three large mchod-rten ... Before reaching the Khri-khang, one passes on the hillside a small stone tower reputed to mark the birthplace of Srong-brtsan Sgam-po and containing a fine image of him. [KC 5/6/2006]

Other Information - Related image: 2001.59.15.56. This is an image of the statue of Srongtsan Gampo found in the tower chapel. [KC 5/6/2006]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Chapel housing image of Srongtsan Gampo at Gyama" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <>.

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