A Nyapso inscription pillar

A Nyapso inscription pillar

2001. (Film negative)

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Key Information


Hugh E. Richardson


Hugh Richardson

Date of Photo



Tsangpo Valley Region > Nyapso

Accession number


Image Dimensions

55 X 57 mm

One of the Nyapso inscription pillars. Part of a mani wall may be seen to the left of it. The pillar is wedged into the ground with stones.

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 - '6' 'JOMOLHARI; [illegible]; TSURPHU; NAPSO DORING'; Notes on back of negative album: 'JOMOLHARI; CHARSADDA; PESHAWAR; ABBOTABAD [?sic]; KULU; TSURPHU SCROLL & MSS.; GARDEN'; Notes on spine: 'JOMOLHARI; NWFP; TSURPHU SCROLL' [KC 9/9/2006]

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - Notes on negative index '6' - Folio. 87. 'Nyapso pillar'. [KC 9/9/2006]

Other Information - Background: Richardson briefly mentions the pillars at Nyabzo in A Corpus of Early Tibetan Inscriptions , James G.Forlong Series, no. XXXIX, Royal Asiatic Society, 1985, p. 156, "Another group showing signs of some antiquity ... 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 Nyabzo. Each pillar is inscribed on all four sides but the texts are badly damaged and although disjointed words and phreases can be read, it is not possible to make continuous sense of the inscriptions. ... No one in the neighbourhood of 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." [KC 9/9/2006]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "A Nyapso inscription pillar" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <http://tibet.prm.ox.ac.uk/photo_2001.>.

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