BMR.6.8.74 (Transparency colour)
Hugh E. Richardson
Yarlung Valley Region > Tsenthang Yu'i lhakhang
60 x 90 mm
Richardson's 1949 tour of the Yarlung and Chyongye valleys
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 - 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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