Reliquary monuments at Ushangdo

Reliquary monuments at Ushangdo

2001. (Film negative)

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Key Information


Hugh E. Richardson


Hugh Richardson

Date of Photo



Lhasa Area > Ushangdo

Accession number


Image Dimensions

55 X 56 mm

Reliquary monuments at Ushangdo ('u shang rdo) seen from a distance from the north with mountains 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

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Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - Notes on front of negative album in Richardson's hand in white: '2' 'Ramagang, 'Ushang, Tshurphu rgyal, Misc pillars'. On the reverse of negative album written in blue ink on white labels in Richardson's hand: 'Hu zhang, Pa blon chen, Pha bong ka, Nyenchen thang lho, Rva sgreng, Khro 'brug, etc. etc.' [KC 10/3/2006]

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - Notes on negative index - 'Folio 18. Missing' [not missing] [KC 10/3/2006]

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - Richardson's Hand List: 'Album no. 2 [nos.] 13,14. pillar in temple probably not old'. [KC 10/3/2006]

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - [Hugh Richardson in conversation with Paddy Booz; see PRM Related Documents File] 'U Shang, pillar. (also 'U-Shang). This site is downriver from Lhasa, on the left bank of the Kyichu river.' [KC 4/3/2006]

Research publication - H. E. Richardson, High Peaks, Pure Earth' , London, Serindia Publications, 1998, plate 59. "'On-cang-do." [KC 09/11/2006]

Other Information - History: Ushangdo ('u shang rdo) is situated on the east bank of the lower Kyi chu and historically is one of the most important religious sites. The Tibetan king Tri Ralpachan (khri ral pa can, 815-838 ) build a nine storey temple at Ushangdo in the 9th century AD. At the time of Richardson's visit the area was in ruin and traces of the original structure and complex can be seen. [TS 2/1/1970]

Other Information - History: Richardson briefly describes this pillar in
High Peaks, Pure Earth, 1998, London: Serindia, '... a somewhat similar design [to that of a crescent and disc topped by a small knob symbolising air and ether on a pillar at Bsam-yas], a crescent and star, surmounts an uninscribed pillar at Hu-shang - traditionally 'U-shang-rdo - near Lhasa, which probably dates from the ninth century.' (p.229) [KC 4/3/2006]

Other Information - Related Image: 2001. which is taken at slightly more of a distance [KC 4/3/2006]

Other Information - Dates

Other Information - Dates: Hugh Richardson's interest in photographing inscription pillars and historical sites seems to have been particularly accute during the period 1948-50, although he states in A Corpus of Early Tibetan Inscriptions [Hertford: Stephen Austin and Sons, 1985, p.72] that he visited this site two miles out of Lhasa on many occasions [MS 16/12/2005]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Reliquary monuments at Ushangdo" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <>.

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