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

57.5 X 59.5 mm

Chortens 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


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

Other Information

Notes on print/mount - 'Hushang (on chang do) from N.' is written on the reverse of print in Richardson's hand in pencil also '12' in pencil in another hand. 'Velox' in an oval is stamped in black. [KC 11/3/2006]

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - Richardson's Hand List: 'Album no. 2 [no.] 8. Another early site surrounded by stupas at 'U-zhang some 8 miles downstream from Lhasa'. [KC 4/3/2006]

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - [Hugh Richardson in conversation with Paddy Booz; see PRM Related Documents File] 'U Shang, pillar. (also 'U-Shang). This site is downriver from Lhasa, on the left bank of the Kyichu river.' [KC 4/3/2006]

Research publication - H. E. Richardson, High Peaks, Pure Earth' , London, Serindia Publications, 1998, plate 59. "'On-cang-do." [KC 09/11/2006]

Other Information - History: 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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