Phunkhang standing behind a bronze vessel on a table

Phunkhang standing behind a bronze vessel on a table

2001. (Film negative)

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Key Information


Hugh E. Richardson


Hugh Richardson

Date of Photo


Named Person

Phunkhang Kusho


Lhasa > Phunkhang House

Accession number


Image Dimensions

55 X 57 mm

Phunkhang Jamphel Nyamnyid standing behind a low wooden table on which a bronze vessel and lid dating back to the time of Srongtsen Gampo time (7th century AD) is placed. He is wearing the insignia of an official (long earing in his left ear and his long hair in a top knot). Behind him is a doorway with a decorated wooden doorframe and on the right there is a wooden pillar and decorated capital.

Further Information

Photographic Process

Negative film nitrate

Date Acquired

Donated August 2001

Donated by

The executors of the estate of Hugh E. Richardson


Hugh E. Richardson

Manual Catalogues -

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 -

Manual Catalogues - - Notes on negative index, Folios 76-77. Songtsen Gampo's khro (Phunkhang home).

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - Richardson' hand list: Album 2. [no.] 54. 'A bronze kitchen vessel preserved in Phun-khang family and said to have come from kitchen of Srong-brtsan sgam-po; the cover is later'.

Other Information - Phunkhang (phun khang)) is the name of the 11th Dalai Lama's (1838-1856) family. The full name is Phuntsog Khangsar (phun tshogs khang gsar).

Other Information - A portrait of Phunkhang Jamphel Nyamnyid (Phun khang 'jam dpal mnyam nyid, (1920-1945?) also known as Phunkhang Je trung. (TS)

Other Information - Related Images

Other Information - Related Images: See 2001.59.2.106 and 2001.59.2.78 and 2001.59.2.79 for other images of this vessel [MS 17/12/2005]

Other Information - Dates

Other Information - Dates: The date range 1946-50 has been given for this image because the group of contact prints to which these images appear to be related can be dated to this period [MS 17/12/2005]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Phunkhang standing behind a bronze vessel on a table" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <>.

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