Treaty pillar outside the Jokhang in Lhasa

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2001. (Print)

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Key Information


Hugh E. Richardson


Hugh Richardson

Date of Photo



Lhasa > Jokhang > Doring

Accession number


Image Dimensions

56 X 45 mm

The Treaty pillar outside the Jokhang in Lhasa with the text of the Sino-Tibetan treaty of 821-2 . It is enclosed by a wall and there is a large overhanging willow tree in the background. In front there are some packing cases and a bag. On the right there is an awning with a shop stall and some people passing in front of it. On the left there is a woman with a child and a sheep being used as a pack animal.

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/mount -

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - Notes on negative index - Folio 71/72. 'Treaty Pillar at Tsug lag khang'.

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - Richardson Hand List. 'Album No. 2 [no.] 50. Inscribed pillar near Jo-khang at Lhasa recording bilingual treaty between Tibet and China 821/822 A.D."

Other Information - History: For a full translation of and commentary on the inscription see H. E. Richardson,
A Corpus of Early Tibetan Inscriptions , London, 1985. Royal Asiatic Society, pp:106-143. Richardson remarks that "The bilingual inscription on a stone pillar outside the Jo-khang at Lhasa recording a treaty between Tibet and China is probably the most widely known and in many ways the most important of the early inscriptions from Tibet. ... " (p. 106)

Other Information - Dates

Other Information - Dates: The date of 1950 for this image is derived from Richardson’s negative album No.4, the cover of which is marked with ‘Lhobrag 1950’. There are 16 images, of Chidesho, Gongkhar Dzong, Lhasa Post Office, Nesar, Yamdrok Tso and Shabsha, Karmaling Chu, Lhobrag, which share the same batch development number and seem to relate to a trip that Richardson took in this year. His preference for using 6x4.5 images, the smallest exposure size possible using his Zeiss Super Ikonta camera, seems to have returned only towards the end of his time in Tibet, possibly to maximise the number of images that he could take on each roll of film (16 using a film plane mask of this size or 8 at 6x9 cm) and this also suggests that the image wa taken at the end rather than the beginning of his residence in Tibet [MS 17/12/2005]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Treaty pillar outside the Jokhang in Lhasa" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <>.

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