Tsa phodrang near Drigung dzongsar

Tsa phodrang near Drigung dzongsar

2001. (Film negative)

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Key Information


Hugh E. Richardson


Hugh Richardson

Date of Photo



East Kyichu Valley Region > Tsa phodrang

Accession number


Image Dimensions

55 x 55 mm

View of Tsa phodrang (rtsa pho brang), a strongly built headquarters of administration for Drigung dzongsar. The main building is enclosed by a wall and entrance is accessed by a low gateway in the wall. There ia a tall prayerflag pole beside this entrance. There are dark woven hangings over some of the windows of the building.

Further Information

Photographic Process

Negative film nitrate

Date Acquired

Donated August 2001

Donated by

The executors of the estate of Hugh E. Richardson


Richardson's 1948 tour of the East Kyichu Valley

Previous Catologue Number

Negative Album 9 No. 29


‘High Peaks, Pure Earth’, Hugh Richardson, London, Serindia Publications, 1998 [view list of illustrations]

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - Notes on negative album (slip cover) - 'Drikhung. Chongye. etc.' in Richardson's hand in white. (Yellow spine label) 'DRIKHUNG. CHONGYE. KOTSHAL. RGYAMA. Ganden 1948'. (Cover) - '9 DRIKHUNG. CHONGYE. YARLUNG. GYAMA. GANDEN' [KC 15/5/2006]

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - Notes in negative index - Folio 29. 'RTSA PHOBRANG'. [KC 15/5/2006]


Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - Richardson's Handlist, Negative book '9' 'Drikhung, Chongye etc.' [nos] 29-31, 'Rtsa Pho-brang is said to have been the site of a palace of the early kings; it became an estate of 'Bri-khung. There is a small monastery, and a subsidiary chapel known as Rdo-rje dbyings.' [KC 17/5/2006]

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - [Hugh Richardson in conversation with Paddy Booz; see PRM Related Documents File] 'rTsa P'obrang, Rtsa Pho-brang'.

Research publication - High Peaks, Pure Earth ' H. E. Richardson, London, Serindia Publications, 1998, plate 48. "Rtsa Pho-brang." [KC 10/11/2006]

Other Information - Background: Richardson mentions this site in
High Peaks, Pure Earth , London, Serindia Publications, 1998, p. 308. "About five miles up the Skyid-chu [from Drigung dzongsar] is Rtsa Pho-brang (1948), a strongly built 'palace' headquarters of an administrative office of Rdzong-gsar. It appeared almost deserted except for a steward and a monk who tended the chapel of Rdo-rje-dbyings in a turret in the back of the building." [KC 22/10/2006]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Tsa phodrang near Drigung dzongsar" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <http://tibet.prm.ox.ac.uk/photo_2001.>.

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