Chortens at Ushangdo

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Key Information


Hugh E. Richardson


Hugh Richardson

Date of Photo

May 1948


Lhasa Area > Ushangdo

Accession number


Image Dimensions

57 X 58 mm

Reliquary mouments (chorten) at Ushangdo seen from a distance from the north with mountains in the background.

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

Other Information

Notes on print - 'Ushang' and the number '12' is written on the reverse of print in pencil and 'Velox' in an oval is stamped in black. [KC 10/3/2006]

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - Richardson's handlist 'Album no.2' [no.] '8. Another early site, surrounded by stupas at 'U-zhang some 8 miles downstream from Lhasa' [KC 10/3/2006]

Other Information - Dates

Other Information - Dates: Richardson identifies other images taken in Ushangdo as having been taken in May 1948 on the back of the contact prints and this has assisted the dating of this image [MS 17/12/2005]

Other Information - Setting: Ushangdo ('u shang do) is situated on the east bank of the lower Kyi chu and historically is one of the most important religious sites. The Tibetan king Tri Ralpachan (khri ral pa can, 815-838 ) build a nine storey temple at Ushangdo in the 9th century AD. At the time of Richardson's visit the area was in ruin and traces of the original structure and complex can be seen. [TS 2/1/1970]

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

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