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Hugh E. Richardson


Hugh Richardson

Date of Photo



East Kyichu Valley Region > Gyama

Accession number


Image Dimensions

60 x 60 mm

Gyama (rgya ma) as seen from a distance. There are mountains in the background, some of them snow-covered. The three reliquary monuments (mchod rten) in the centre of the enclosing wall may clearly be seen.

Further Information

Photographic Process

Print silver

Date Acquired

Donated August 2001

Donated by

The executors of the estate of Hugh E. Richardson


Hugh E. Richardson


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

Other Information

Notes on print/mount - 'Rgya ma' (in black ink) and 'Gyama Trikang' (in pencil) is written on the reverse of print in Richardson's hand and 'Velox' in an oval is printed in black. [KC 14/6/2006]

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - Notes in negative index - Folio 89. 'do' [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 - H. E. Richardson, High Peaks, Pure Earth' , London, Serindia Publications, 1998, plate 43. "Rgya-ma Khri-khang." [KC 09/11/2006]

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, one of which is that of 'Gro-mgon snags-rgyaswho founded or restored the monastery of Rin-chen-sgang higher up the valley. ... 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. "Gyama" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <>.

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