2001.59.2.51.1 (Film negative)
Hugh E. Richardson
Rongchu Valley Region > Reting
55 X 57 mm
Negative film nitrate
Donated August 2001
The executors of the estate of Hugh E. Richardson
Richardson's 1950 Reting tour
Manual Catalogues - Notes on front of negative album in Richardson's hand in white: '2' 'Ramagang, 'Ushang, Tshurphu rgyal, Misc pillars'. On the reverse of negative album written in blue ink on white labels in Richardson's hand: 'Hu zhang, Pa blon chen, Pha bong ka, Nyenchen thang lho, Rva sgreng, Khro 'brug, etc. etc.' [KC 10/3/2006]
Manual Catalogues - Notes on negative index - Folio 51. 'Rva Sgreng'.
Manual Catalogues - Richardson Hand List. 'Album No. 2 [no.] 32. Reting (Rwa-sgreng) monastery founded in 1056 by Atisha's disciple 'Brom ston.'
Other Information - Setting: Hugh Richardson discusses this site in High Peaks, Pure Earth , London, Serindia Publications, 1998, p. 311, " ... up the stony valley of the Rwa-sgreng Rong-chu [is] ... the famous Rwa-sgreng (1950) monastery, set delightfully in a forest of tall juniper trees, a rare sight in this part of Tibet. It was founded as the first monastery of the Bka'-gdams-pa school by Atisa's principle disciple 'Brom-ston, who brought with him relics of the master which were treasured in the main temple. ... Rwa-sgreng's many temples, halls and monastic residences are grouped closely together on the hillside, dominated by the small red tower and gilded canopy standing over the main altar in the gtsug-lag-khang and assembly hall. ... Among other buildings wer the tall bla-brang of the Rwa-sgreng Rin-po-che, with large windows on the upper storey, well-built residences for the five hundred monks, and other halls and chapels. ...'
Other Information - Dromtonpa ('brom ston pa, 1005-1064) was the founder of Kadampa (bka' gdams pa) order.[TS 15/3/2005]
Other Information - Reting monastery is the seat of Reting Rinpoche. The monastery was founded by Dromptonpa, Dromtonpa ('brom ston pa, 1005-1064) the chief disciple of Atisha. The abbot of Reting monastery served as regent of Tibet between 1845-44 and at the time of Richardson's residance in Lhasa the Reting was the regent, (1933-47).[TS 15/3/2005]
For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Reting monastery" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <http://tibet.prm.ox.ac.uk/photo_2001.59.2.51.1.html>.
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