Pillar and chorten at Ushangdo

Pillar and chorten at Ushangdo

2001. (Film negative)

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Key Information


Hugh E. Richardson


Hugh Richardson

Date of Photo

May 1948


Lhasa Area > Ushangdo

Accession number


Image Dimensions

55 X 56 mm

Pillar on the right and chorten on the left at Ushangdo. The pillar is in an enclosure with a wall around it of dressed stone. Three people are approaching from distance.

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.'

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - Notes on negative index - 'Folio 9. Hu zhang.'

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - Richardson's Hand List: Album no.2: 8. 'Another early site, surrounded by stupas at 'U zhang some 8 miles downstream from Lhasa'. 15, 16. Old stone pillar outside temple, not inscribed. [KC 10/3/2006]

Other Information - Ushangdo ('u shang do) is situated on the east bank of the lower Kyi chu river and historically is one of the most important religious sites. The Tibetan king Tri Ralpachan (khri ral pa can, 815-838 ) build a nine storey temple at Ushangdo in the 9th century AD. At the time of Richardson's visit the area was in ruin but traces of the original structure and complex can be seen. [TS 2/1/1970]

Other Information - Dates

Other Information - Dates: Richardson identifies other images taken in Ushangdo as having been taken in May 1948 on the back of the contact prints and this has assisted the dating of this image [MS 17/12/2005]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Pillar and chorten at Ushangdo" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <http://tibet.prm.ox.ac.uk/photo_2001.>.

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