Figure of Atisha in a temple at Nyethang

Figure of Atisha in a temple at Nyethang

2001. (Film negative)

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Key Information


Hugh E. Richardson


Hugh Richardson

Date of Photo

1936 - 1950


Lhasa Area > Nyethang Drolma Lhakhang

Accession number


Image Dimensions

85 x 60 mm

The figure of Atisha (Dipankara) in ceremonial dress enthroned in a shrine in a temple at Nyethang (snye thang sgrol ma lha khang). There are steps leading up to the throne with five bowls of water offerings on the topmost one. There is a gilded roof immediately above his head and a ceremonial umbrella above that. There are typical temple decorations in the background.

Further Information

Photographic Process

Negative film nitrate

Date Acquired

Donated August 2001

Donated by

The executors of the estate of Hugh E. Richardson


Hugh E. Richardson


‘Mk’yen Brtse’s guide to the Holy Places of Central Tibet’, Alfonsa Ferrari, Rome: ISMEO, Serie Orinetale Roma XVI, 1958 [view list of illustrations]

Manual Catalogues -

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 -

Manual Catalogues - Notes on Blue negative album index - No. 64. 'Atisha at Nethang'.

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - Richardson's handlist: 'Blue Album. [No.] 64. 'Image of Atisha at Nye-thang where there is a stupa (mchod-rten) containing his relics.'

Other Information - Background: Richardson describes the the site in High Peaks, Pure Earth , London, Serindia Publications, 1998, p. 314. "On the other side of the Skyid-chu is the famous Snye-thang Sgrol-ma Lha-khang (1936 and later). It was here that Atisa lived for the last years of his life. In addition to fine images of the twenty-one forms of Sgrol-ma (Tara), the templepreserves many precious relics of Atisa: asmall early figure of him, a reliquary vessel holding some of his physical remains, another in which his robe is kept. ..."

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Figure of Atisha in a temple at Nyethang " 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <>.

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