Carved relief of the Buddha at Red Idol Gorge

Carved relief of the Buddha at Red Idol Gorge

1999. (Album Print black & white)

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Key Information


H. Staunton


Harry Staunton

Date of Photo

1940 - 1941


Gyantse Region > Red Idol Gorge

Accession number


Image Dimensions

116 x 86 mm

A road-side carved relief of Buddha in the earth-witnessing posture. It is found at the foot of a Gorge known as Red Idol Gorge.

Further Information

Photographic Process

Print gelatin silver

Date Acquired

Donated 1999

Donated by

Diana Hughes


H. Staunton

Photo also owned by

Diana Hughes

Other Information

Notes on the album mount - "Red Idol Gorge" is written in capital letters in pencil on the album page below the photograph. [KC 9/12/2005]

Other Information - Setting

Other Information - Setting: F Spencer Chapman writes in Lhasa: The Holy City, 1940, London: Readers Union Ltd., p. 46 -7, "We had reached Red Idol Gorge, the sign of a battle in 1904 and certainly the most marvellous place for an ambush ... White quartz crystals have been heaped together by the pious , and there are Buddhas carved on the rocks and often protected from the weather by side walls and an overhanging lintel. ... At the foot of the gorge is a huge carved and painted Buddha about twenty feet high. In front of it is a pile of stones collected as an act of piety." [KC 9/12/2005]

Other Information - Album: This image appears in Staunton's personal album on a page (1999.23.1.8) with three other images. [KC 9/12/2005]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Carved relief of the Buddha at Red Idol Gorge" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <>.

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