2001.59.3.10.1 (Film negative)
Hugh E. Richardson
Gyantse > British Trade Agency
85 X 56 mm
Negative film nitrate
Donated August 2001
The executors of the estate of Hugh E. Richardson
Hugh E. Richardson
Manual Catalogues - Notes on negative album - '3' 'MUG, LHOBRAG GORGE. GYANTSE. KHAMPA DANCERS. CHIPSHA MEN, CHOPA, APSOS, DREPUNG. NORBULING. DEKYI. POTALA'
Manual Catalogues - Notes on negative index - 'Our Dak (mail service) at Gyantse bridge'
Manual Catalogues - Richardson's Hand List: 'Album no.3 [no.] 10. "British run Gyantse/ Gyantok [sic.] mail service, crossing river near Trade Agency, Gyantse; bridge near site of 1904 expedition headquarters". [KC 02/10/2006]
Other Information - Background: Richardson mentions this site in High Peaks, Pure Earth , London: Serindia Publications, 1998, p. 325, " ... the thriving town of Gyantse (Rgyal-rtse) (1936-50), well-placed for trade with both Shigatse (Gzhis-ka-rtse) and Lhasa and on the route to India. It is rich in art and architecture of the fifteenth century created by the Gtsang prince,Rab-brtan kun-bzang 'phags-pa. He enlarged and embellished the temple founded by his father near the rdzong which crowns the summit of the great rock overhanging the town. But his greatest achievements were the enlargement or virtual reconstruction of the Dpal-'khor Chos-sde temple and the building of the magnificent Sku-'bum mchod-rten (1936-50). The former is the heart of a community of monastic college residences spread over an extensive hillside enclosed by a fortified wall. Although the Sa-skya-pa scholl originally predominated, all other religious schools were represented here." [KC 02/10/2006]
For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Postal horses near British Trade Agency, Gyantse" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <http://tibet.prm.ox.ac.uk/photo_2001.59.3.10.1.html>.
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