Mawachok (smra bo lcogs) monastery

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Hugh E. Richardson


Hugh Richardson

Date of Photo



Lhodrag Region > Mawochok

Accession number


Image Dimensions

56 X 45 mm

Mawochok Monastery (smra bo lcogs) monastery on the edge of a steep mountain.

Further Information

Photographic Process

Print silver

Date Acquired

Donated August 2001

Donated by

The executors of the estate of Hugh E. Richardson


Richardson's 1950 Lhodrag tour

Other Information

Notes on print - 'Smra bo chog' written in ink over 'Mao Chhokpa Smra bo Chog' in pencil.
In Negative - Notes on negative album - '4 LHOBRAG 1950' 'Gongkar. Draping La. Lha khang Dzong. Sras. Padmagling Bo[?]. Ku la kangi. [?sic]'

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - Notes on negative index - Folio 17. 'Mao chok pa [Smra bo lcogs] gonpa [dgon pa].

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - Richardson's Hand List: 'Album 4. Journey starting at Gong dkar rdzong on Gstang-po, 29.18 N. 90.48 E. [no.] 17. Smra-bo-lcogs monastery. c 28.30 N. 91.30 E.

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - [Hugh Richardson in conversation with Paddy Booz; see PRM Related Documents File] 'smra-bo lcog-pa, Machok, Machopa valley, leading to Ne Shi (Gnas Bzhi). Nyingmapa, 12th c.; Mnga' bdog myang's foundation.'

Research publication - High Peaks, Pure Earth , H. E. Richardson, London, Serindia Publications, 1998, plate 71. "Smra-bo lcogs-pa.' [KC 10/11/2006]

Other Information - Background: Richardson describes the site in
High Peaks, Pure Earth , London, Serindia Publications, 1998, p. 321, " On the hillside above Ris-med Lha-khang is Smra-bo lcogs-pa (1950). Originaly founded in the time of the kngs, it became the home of the famous gter-ston, "discoverer of hidden religious texts", Myang-ral Nyi-ma 'od-zer. In front of the temple are two large mchod-rten which are much visited by pilgrims."

Other Information - Background: Mawochok (Smra bo lcogs) monastery is one of the important monasteries of the Nying ma school of Tibetan Buddhism. The monastery is associated with Nyima Wosel, (1124-92), who was born near the monastery. Nyima Wosel is regarded as one of the five great 'discover kings' (ter ton rgyal po rnga.) The monastery was founded in the 12th Century at a sight where Nyima Wosel mediated. [TS 19/5/2005]

Other Information - Dates

Other Information - Dates: The date is derived from Richardson’s negative album No.4, the cover of which is marked with ‘Lhobrag 1950’. These images seem all to have been developed as part of a batch arising from a trip to Mug, Lhobrag etc in 1950. [MS 22/12/2005]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Mawachok (smra bo lcogs) monastery" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <>.

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