An inscription pillar at Nyapso

An inscription pillar at Nyapso

2001. (Film negative)

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Key Information


Hugh E. Richardson


Hugh Richardson

Date of Photo

1948 or 1950


Tsangpo Valley Region > Nyapso

Accession number


Image Dimensions

55 X 57 mm

A man with his back to the camera reading the inscription on a pillar at Nyapso. The pillar is at one end of a mani wall. Another man is holding a horse's reins and there is a large dog in the centre.

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, Folio. 96. 'Inscriptions on wall. Nya bzo'.

Other Information - Setting

Other Information - Setting: Richardson mentions this pillar in High Peaks, Pure Earth , London, Serindia Publications, 1998, p. 156, "Another group showing signs of some antiquity in occassional reversed ki-gu ... consists of two roughly dressed short pillars of stone at either end of a mani wall on the north bank of the Gtsang-po not far from the ko-sa (ferry) of Nyabso. Each pillar is inscribed on all four sides but the texts are badly damaged ... No one in the neighbourhood or at Lhasa knew anything about the pillars. They may ante-date the mani wall because one face of each pillar is virtually obscured by being placed close up against the end of the wall."

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "An inscription pillar at Nyapso" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <>.

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