2001.59.2.81.1 (Film negative)
Hugh E. Richardson
Lhasa > Jokhang
55 X 57 mm
Negative film nitrate
Donated August 2001
The executors of the estate of Hugh E. Richardson
Hugh E. Richardson
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 81/2. 'Tsuk Lak-khang roof' [ gTsug lag khang]
Other Information - History: The Tsuklag khang is Tibet’s most sacred religious site. It is said that every Tibetan must visit the Tsuk Lag-khang once in their lifetime. The construction of the building began in 638 AD under the patronage of Queen Bhrikuti, the Nepalese wife of Tibetan emperor Srongtsan Gampo. Richardson wrote, "Unlike the Potala,which presents a spectacle of towering majesty, the Jo-khang is so closely surrounded by a seemingly random accretion of buildings that is impossible to get an overall idea of its outward appearance". Richardson wrote a detailed history and a description of the Jokhang with drawings of the floor plans in 'The Jo-khang "Cathedral" of Lhasa', High Peaks, Pure Earth, 1998 , London: Serindia Publications. pp: 237-260. A flat roof is the general architectural feature of ordinary Tibetan houses, while gilded and a sloping roof usually is reserved for a religious building. (TS)
For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Gilded roofs of the Jokhang in Lhasa" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <http://tibet.prm.ox.ac.uk/photo_2001.59.2.81.1.html>.
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