Tsenthang Yu'i lhakhang in the Yarlung valley

Tsenthang Yu'i lhakhang in the Yarlung valley

BMR.6.8.74 (Transparency colour)

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Key Information


Hugh E. Richardson


Hugh Richardson

Date of Photo



Yarlung Valley Region > Tsenthang Yu'i lhakhang

Accession number


Image Dimensions

60 x 90 mm

Tsenthang Yu'i lhakhang (btsan thang g.yu'i lha khang) in the Yarlung valley. The temple roof had turquoise coloured roof tiles hence the name. It is surrounded by trees.

Further Information

Photographic Process

Transparency Colour


Richardson's 1949 tour of the Yarlung and Chyongye valleys

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.] 74. Tsentang Yu Temple, probably 8th century, Yarlung Valley.' [KC 10/10/2006]

Other Information - History: Richardson discusses this site in High Peaks, Pure Earth' London, Serindia Publications, 1998, p.
296. "Other religious foundations attributed to Khri Srong-lde-btsan include the Btsan-thang G.yu'i Lha-khang in Yar-lung, a smaller version of the great temple of Khra-'brug but not comparable with it in prestige or wealth. The chief image was Rnam-par snang-mdzad as in the majority of temples of this period. Nearby there ws a small chapel of Avolokiteshvara with a thousand arms and a thousand eyes, and the Tshes-chu bum-pa, a large white
mchod-rten - the Vase of Eternal Life - built to contain a crystal image from India given to Padmasambhava. It is said that water pours from it on the fifteenth day of each month." Also, "Nearby [to Tshes-bcu Bum-pa] is the little Btsan-thang G.yu'i Lha-khang (1949), which owes its name to its rooflet covered with turquoise-blue tiles. Its foundation is attributed to one of Khri Srong-lde-brtsan's queens. It has some resemblance to the Ra-mo-che in design, though much smaller. ... The roof was supported by a wooden lantern construction like that of the top storey of the Bsam-yas dbu-rtse ." (p. 319) [KC 17/10/2006]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Tsenthang Yu'i lhakhang in the Yarlung valley" 05 Dec. 2006. The British Museum. <http://tibet.prm.ox.ac.uk/photo_BMR.6.8.74.html>.

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