Inscription pillar ( doring ) at Tsurphu west of Lhasa

Inscription pillar (doring) at Tsurphu west of Lhasa

2001. (Film negative)

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Key Information


Hugh E. Richardson


Hugh Richardson

Date of Photo

1946 or 1950


Tolung Valley Region > Tsurphu

Accession number


Image Dimensions

55 x 55 mm

Inscription pillar (doring) in the courtyard of Tsurphu (mtshur phu) monastery to the west of Lhasa. A carved pillar and gateway may be seen 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

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 - 'Tshurphu pillar'.

Other Information - Cultural Background

Other Information - Cultural Background: Hugh Richardson, "Memories of Tshurphu", in High Peaks, Pure Earth , 1998, London. Serindia, pp: 730-733.

Other Information - Location: Tsurphu lies about forty miles to the west of Lhasa on the Drowo lungchu river. "
Mtshur-phu (1946-50) [is] the principal seat of the Karma Bka'-brgyud school and residence of the Zhwa-nag ("Black Hat") incarnation. [It was founded] in 1187 ... Its many buildings are closely grouped in a high enclosed wall overlooking the "Gro-bo-lung-chu. The entrance on the west side is by way of a courtyard in which stands an inscribed pillar dating from the ninth century which has no obvious connection with the monastery." ( High Peaks, Pure Earth, H. E. Richardson, London, Serindia Publications, 1998, p. . 312) After passing through a narrow gate in the high wall surrounding the monastery one came to a wide paved courtyard with buildings on three sides, the west side being open. In the centre stood a stone pillar dating from the reign of Ralpachen and describing the foundation of a temple at Changbu in Tolung ... I was told later that the pillar was formerly opposite the main assembly hall, farther inside the monastery. ( ibid. 731) [KC 22/3/2006]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Inscription pillar ( doring ) at Tsurphu west of Lhasa" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <>.

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