The Trikhang at Gyama

The Trikhang 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

Two men standing at the top of a flight of steps leading up to the entrance of the Trikhang at Gyama. There are dark coloured woollen drapes over some of the window frames and the usual ritual roof decorations.

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. 88

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 khri khang.' [KC 30/5/2006]

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - Richardson's Handlist, Negative book '9' 'Drikhung, Chongye etc.' [nos] 88 - 91. 'The Rgya-ma valley is some eight miles downstream from Mal 'gro. The Khri-khang was the headquarters of one of the 13 Khri skor set up by the Mongols in the 13th century. The estate latterly belonged to the Hor-khang family. See Mkhyen brtse p 109.' [KC 5/6/2006]

Research publication - Tibet and its History, Hugh Richardson, (1962), 1984, Boston & London, Shambala, plate 6b.

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 ("Thousanf 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]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "The Trikhang at Gyama" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <>.

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