Reliquary monuments at Gyer

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Key Information


Hugh E. Richardson


Hugh Richardson

Date of Photo



East Kyichu Valley Region > Gyer

Accession number


Image Dimensions

60 x 60 mm

A row of four stone reliquary monuments (mchod rten) in rocky terrain at the mouth of the Phenpo chu river at Gyer ('dgyer). They are of an unusual stone construction.

Further Information

Photographic Process

Print silver

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

Other Information

Notes on print/mount - 'Khyer' (in pencil) and 'Mchod rten at Khyer at mouth of Phan po chu connected with Soundaling [sp ?] of Ganden' (in black ink) are written on the reverse of print in Richardson's hand and '585' and 'Velox' in an oval are stamped in black. [KC 14/6/2006]

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - Notes in negative index - Folio 97. 'do' [Gyer mchod rtens]. [KC 30/5/2006]

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - Richardson's Handlist, Negative book '9' 'Drikhung, Chongye etc.' [no] 96. 'Mchod-rten (stupas) near Gyer on right bank of Skyid chu near mouth of Phan-po valley, said to have been built to avert evil influences from the site of the Dga' ldan monastery before it could be built.' [KC 5/6/2006]

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - [Hugh Richardson in conversation with Paddy Booz; see PRM Related Documents File] 'Chorten at the mouth of the Penpo Chu, connected with building(s) of Ganden Monastery.'

Other Information - Location: Richardson mentions this site in High Peaks, Pure Earth , London, Serindia Publications, 1998, p. 306, "At the mouth of the 'Phan-po-chu were four mchod-rten which had to be built before the construction of Dga'-ldan could be undertaken. They are known as the 'Dgyer (sp?) mchod-rten (1937). [KC 7/6/2006]

Other Information - Dates

Other Information - Dates: The contact print of this image is part of a group made from 6x6 negatives that share the same batch development number [585 printed in black ink]. All of the contact prints processed in this batch seem to have been taken during or around the time of a trip to Drigung Monastery and Zhwai (Sha) Lhakhang, including Tsa Pobrag, Yeregang and Khyer. Photographs from this trip can be dated to 1948. In A Corpus of Early Tibetan Inscriptions [ Hertford: Stephen Austin and Son, Royal Asiatic Society, James G. Forlong Series, No. XXIX, 1985, p.45] Richardson states of the Zhwai inscriptions translated in the book that “The texts, which were first published in JRAS in 1952 and 1954, are based on copies and photographs made by me in 1948 and checked on a second visit in the following year."

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Reliquary monuments at Gyer" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <>.

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