Tsenthang Yu'i lhakhang in the Yarlung valley

Tsenthang Yu'i lhakhang in the Yarlung valley

2001. (Film negative)

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Key Information


Hugh E. Richardson


Hugh Richardson

Date of Photo



Yarlung Valley Region > Tsenthang Yu'i lhakhang

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Image Dimensions

55 x 55 mm

Tsenthang Yu'i lhakhang (btsan thang g.yu'i lha khang) in the Yarlung valley. The temple roof had turquoise coloured roof tiles hence the name. It is surrounded by trees. The image is underexposed.

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 1949 tour of the Yarlung and Chyongye valleys

Previous Catologue Number

Negative Album 9 No. 54

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 54. 'do' BTSAN THANG G.YU'I LHAKHANG'. [KC 15/5/2006]

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - Richardson's Handlist, Negative book '9' 'Drikhung, Chongye etc.' [no] 52, [53] 'Btsan-thang g.yu'i lha-khang, another early foundation near Khra-'brug. See Mkhyen-brtse p 128 note 278' [KC 17/5/2006]

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)

Other Information - According to the negative album entry and Richardson's hand list the image should be of the reliquary monument, Tshechu bumpa (tshes bcu bum pa) which was near to Tsanthang yu'i lhakhang. This negative is missing.

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Tsenthang Yu'i lhakhang in the Yarlung valley" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <http://tibet.prm.ox.ac.uk/photo_2001.>.

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