Inscription pillar at Gyal in the Phenpo valley

Inscription pillar at Gyal in the Phenpo valley

2001. (Film negative)

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Key Information


Hugh E. Richardson


Hugh Richardson

Date of Photo



Phenpo Valley Region > Gyal

Accession number


Image Dimensions

55 x 55 mm

The inscription pillar at Gyal (rgyal) in the Phenpo valley. Besides the inscription carved on the pillar there is a dorje thunderbolt (rdo rje) symbol. The pillar is in front of the eleventh century temple. There are horses and temple buildings behind the pillar.

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

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - Notes on negative album (outer case) - 'INSCRIPTIONS ON RDO RINGS' (in black ink on white label) and 'Inscriptions & misc.' (in black ink on yellow label) is written in Richardson's hand on the cover of the negative album. [KC 21/9/2006]

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - Notes on negative index - [Rgyal]

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) [KC 27/9/2006]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Inscription pillar at Gyal in the Phenpo valley" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <>.

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