Gyantse Kumbum

Gyantse Kumbum

BMR.6.8.127 (Transparency colour)

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Key Information


Hugh E. Richardson


Hugh Richardson

Date of Photo




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Image Dimensions

60 x 90 mm

The Gyantse Kumbum religious monument in Gyantse. It is found within the precinct of the Pelkhor Chode temple complex.

Further Information

Photographic Process

Transparency Colour


Hugh E. Richardson

Other Information

Technical Information - The camera used to take this collection of colour slides (Dufay colour) were a Zeiss Super Ikonta and a Reflex Korelle. [KC 09/10/2006]

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - Typewritten handlist entitled 'Hugh Richardson Collection, The British Museum. Photographs taken between 1936-50. Cameras: Zeiss Super Ikonta, Reflex Korelle. 300 colour slides (Dufay colour); copies made Jan. 1995.
[no.] 127. Kumbum chorten at Gyantse.' [KC 10/10/2006]

Other Information - Setting

Other Information - Setting: Gyurme Dorje writes in Tibet handbook, 1999 , Bath: Footprint Handbooks, p.260, "The great octagonal stupa of Gyantse - one of Tibet's outstanding artistic achievements, was built and decorated between 1427-39 by Prince Rabten Kunzang Phak in the style known as Tashi Gomang or Kumbum, which combines a terraced stupa exterior with multi-layered interior chapels. Rising 35 metres high, the stupas said to have 108 gates, nine storeys (including the base) and 75 chapels. ... Within the 75 chapels, the images form a progressive hierarchy of three dimensional mandalas, as outlined in the Sakyapa compilation known as the Drubtob Gyatsa, ensuring that the stupa encapsulates within it the entire spiritual path and gradation of the tantras." [KC 18/10/2006]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Gyantse Kumbum" 05 Dec. 2006. The British Museum. <>.

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