Iwang monastery in the Khangmar region

Iwang monastery in the  Khangmar region

2001. (Film negative)

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Key Information


Hugh E. Richardson


Hugh Richardson

Date of Photo



Khangmar Region > Iwang

Accession number


Image Dimensions

54 X 43 mm

Iwang monastery (also known as g.ye dmar) set against a barren rocky landscape.

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 negative album - '5' 'Yaso. Serpang. Byamspa gdan dren. Taarpa gling Oracle, lhosar [?] ceremonies. Jo mo lhari, Phari' is written on the negative album in white in Richardson's hand. [KC 31/7/2006]

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - Notes on negative index - Folio 74. 'IWANG' [KC 31/7/2006]

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - Richardson's Handlist - 'Vol. 5' . no .74. 'The temple of I-wang. Very early, described by Tucci in Indo-Tibetic IV. Yar 'bros -mtsho and Gnod-sbyin gang bzang (or Nor-‘dzin gangs-bzang).' [KC 7/9/2006]

Other Information - Richardson mentions the monastery of I-wang in
High Peaks, Pure Earth , London: Serindia Publications, 1998, p. 328. "There are many interesting monaasteries between Gyantse and Gro-mo (or Yatung, Sna-gdong). [In the same vicinity as Samada, some sixty miles south of Gyantse] there are other small eleventh century temples: Rkyang-phu , Rgya-gnas and I-wang (or G.ye-mar ). All have fine, well-decorated clay images, those at I-wang being especially noteworthy; some are actually described by inscriptions as being in the Indian style, others in the style of Li (Khotan). ... Both at I-wang and Rkyang-phu are stucco figures on the walls depicting the temptation of the Buddha by Mara." [KC 7/9/2006]

Other Information - The monastery of I-wang is also known as Yemar (g.ye dmar|) and situation in Khangmar (khang dmar) district. The monastery is said to have been founded in the 11th century by Lharje Chojang (lha rje chos byang). A detailed description of the monastery can be found in Giuseppee Tucci, Indo-Tibetica 1V.1 Gyantse and Its Monasteries, Aditya Prakashan, New Delhi, 1989. pp: 134-141. (TS)

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Iwang monastery in the Khangmar region" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <http://tibet.prm.ox.ac.uk/photo_2001.>.

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