2001.59.2.66.1 (Film negative)
Hugh E. Richardson
Lhasa Area > Phabongka
43 X 54 mm
Negative film nitrate
Donated August 2001
The executors of the estate of Hugh E. Richardson
Hugh E. Richardson
‘Mk’yen Brtse’s guide to the Holy Places of Central Tibet’, Alfonsa Ferrari, Rome: ISMEO, Serie Orinetale Roma XVI, 1958 [view list of illustrations]
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.'
Manual Catalogues - Notes on negative index - Album 2, Folio. 64. 'Karasapi (Pha Bong ka)' written in Richardson's hand in blue ink.
Manual Catalogues - Richardson's Hand List: Album no. 2: 46. 'Old image of Kharsapani at Pha-bong-pa.'
Other Information - Location: Richardson discusses this site in High Peaks, Pure Earth , London, Serindia Publications, 1998, "In the valley to the west of Sera, the temple and small monastery of Pha-bong-ka (1947, 1950) stands on top of a great boulder on the hillside. It was traditionally a meditation place of Srong-brtsan Sgam-po and later of the first monks at the time of the phyi-dar, the later diffusion of the faith. ..." p. 305. See also, Victor Chan, Tibet Handbook, 1994, California, Moon Publications, "[Pabonka is] built on the lower slopes of Dhok Ri ... [It] is dominated by a three-story, circular building, a truncated tower that sits on top of a 20-m-high granite rock. (p. 130) ... The principal tower building contains a sacred stone statue of Sakyamuni and next to this structure are 108 chortens , perhaps built in the 7th century ..." (p.129)
Other Information - Dates: This image can be related to a set of contact prints that were developed with a related batch of negatives identifiable by the batch number '609'. There are twenty nine similarly marked 6x4.5 contact prints in the Richardson Collection in the Pitt Rivers Museum, and some of these relate to a visit to Thekchenling during which religious shrines were photographed. Some of the prints in this general grouping have been dated by Richardson to October 1950, and others relate to places that he visited only in 1948-9 and it seems likely, therefore, that this image was taken within this period. Furthermore, Richardson's use of 6x4.5 image format seems also to suggest that the photograph was taken towards the end of his time in Tibet [MS 17/12/2005]In Negative - 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.'
For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Image of Kharsapani at Phabongka monstery" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <http://tibet.prm.ox.ac.uk/photo_2001.59.2.66.1.html>.
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