Temple in Lamo monastery

Temple in Lamo monastery

2001. (Film negative)

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Key Information


Hugh E. Richardson


Hugh Richardson

Date of Photo

1939, 1949


East Kyichu Valley Region > Lamo

Accession number


Image Dimensions

55 x 55 mm

A paved courtyard in Lamo monastery. There is a tall tree surrounded by a walled enclosure in the foreground. The sloping roof of the temple appears to be gilded and is surmounted by the typical three pinnicles. The entrance to the temple has a beamed verandha.

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. 93


‘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 93. 'do' [LA MO DGON PA] [KC 30/5/2006]

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - Richardson's Handlist, Negative book '9' 'Drikhung, Chongye etc.' [nos] 92 - 95. 'La-mo monastery, some four miles downstream from the Rgya-ma valley (also on the left bank of the Skyid chu) the seat of the Chos-skyong oracle. See Mkhyen-brtse p 109 note 111.' [KC 5/6/2006]

Research publication - H. E. Richardson, High Peaks, Pure Earth' , London, Serindia Publications, 1998, plate 42. "La-mo." [KC 09/11/2006]

Other Information - Location: Richardson mentions this site in
High Peaks, Pure Earth , London, Serindia Publications, 1998, p. 306, "The La-mo (1939, 1949) monastery, further upstream and beyond Dga'-ldan, was founded in the eleventh century by Klu-mes Tshul-khrims shes-rab, one of the principal figures of the later diffusion of the faith. The monastery was patronised and enriched by the eighteenth century noble Stag-rtse Mi-dbang, who treacherously colluded with the Dzungars. His armour and weapons are kept in the mgon-khang . La-mo is the seat of an oracle-priest whose robe and helmet are on a throne in a side chapel. Some of the wall paintings showed Bka'-gdams-pa hierarchs but the monastery was latterly Dge-lugs-pa."

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

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