Shrine of Tsongpon Norbu Zangpo at Lhakhang Dzong

Shrine of Tsongpon Norbu Zangpo at Lhakhang Dzong

2001. (Film negative)

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Hugh E. Richardson


Hugh Richardson

Date of Photo



Lhodrag Region > Lhakhang dzong > Khoting

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Image Dimensions

85 X 56 mm

The shrine of Tsongpon Norbu Zangpo (Tshong dpon Nor bu bZang po) in the temple of Khoting (mkho mthing) at Lhakhang Dzong in the area of Lhodrag near the Bhutan border. There are steps leading up to a door with columns on either side and a sloping roof above it.

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Photographic Process

Negative film nitrate

Date Acquired

Donated August 2001

Donated by

The executors of the estate of Hugh E. Richardson


Richardson's 1950 Lhodrag tour

Other Information

Manual Catalogues - Notes on negative album - '3' 'MUG, LHOBRAG GORGE, GYANTSE. KHAMPA DANCERS. CHIPSHA MEN, CHOPA, APSOS, DREPUNG. NORBULING. DEKYI. POTALA' written in white on the front cover in Richardson's hand.

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - Notes in negative index - Folio 1. 'Tshongpon Norbu shrine, Lhakhang'.

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - Richardson's Hand List: 'Album no.3 [no.] 1. 'Miniature Shrine of legendry hero Tshong-dpon Nor-bu in temple at Lha-khang Rdzong.'

Other Information - Background: Tsongpon Norbu Zangpo (Tshong dpon Nor-bu bzang po), a renowned merchant, is mythologised in Tibet opera (lha mo) because he renounced his wealth and devoted himself to a religious life. Richardson describes Tsongpon Norbu Zangpo as "a Tibetan Robin Hood". This shrine is at Lha khang Dzong near the border with Bhutan.

Other Information - Setting

Other Information - Setting: Richardson describes this chapel at the temple of Mkho-mthing at Lha-khang Dzong in High Peaks, Pure Earth , 1998, London: Serindia, p. 322, "In another large chapel whose walls and pillars are painted red is a big mchod-rten ... In front of it is a minature shrine complete with pillars and a door, dedicated to Tshong-dpon Nor-bu bzang-po, a Tibetan Robin Hood. There are traces of gilding and arabesque paintings."

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Shrine of Tsongpon Norbu Zangpo at Lhakhang Dzong" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <>.

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