2001.59.13.50.1 (Film negative)
Hugh E. Richardson
Phenpo Valley Region > Gyal
85 x 60 mm
Negative film nitrate
Donated August 2001
The executors of the estate of Hugh E. Richardson
Hugh E. Richardson
‘High Peaks, Pure Earth’, Hugh Richardson, London, Serindia Publications, 1998 [view list of illustrations]
Manual Catalogues - Notes on negative album - 'NYEMO. SAMYE. YARLUNG. RGYAL.' is written on the cover of this blue negative album in white in Richardson's hand. [KC 24/3/2006]
Manual Catalogues - Notes on Blue negative album index - No. 50. 'RGYAL'.
Manual Catalogues - Richardson's handlist: 'Blue Album. [Nos.] 50, 51. 'Rgyal Lha-khang in 'Phan-po, north of Lhasa. Founded 1012. My article in JRAS April 1957, records an inscribed pillar there (photographs of pillar in another album).'
Research publication - H. E. Richardson, High Peaks, Pure Earth' , London, Serindia Publications, 1998, plate 51. "Rgyal." [KC 09/11/2006]
Other Information - Background: Richardson discusses the site in High Peaks, Pure Earth , London, Serindia Publications, 1998, "Near the head of the 'Phan-po valley is the temple of Rgyal (1949), founded in 1012 by Zhang Sna-nam Rdo-rje dbang-phyug, whose family was related by marriage to the Tibetan kings. In front of the temple is a tall stone pillar with a partly damaged inscription of no real historical interest. The temple, formerly famed for its wealth, was looted and damaged by fire by the invading Mongols in 1280 ... The original name of the temple was Rgyal Lug-lhas, "The Sheepfold"." (p. 309)
Other Information - Dates: Hugh Richardson's interest in photographing inscription pillars and historical sites seems to have been particularly accute during the period 1948-50, although he states in A Corpus of Early Tibetan Inscriptions [Hertford: Stephen Austin and Sons, 1985, p.72] that he visited this site two miles out of Lhasa on many occasions [MS 16/12/2005]
For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Settlement of Gyal in the Phenpo valley" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <http://tibet.prm.ox.ac.uk/photo_2001.59.13.50.1.html>.
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