Reliquary monument at Mawachok

Reliquary monument at Mawachok

2001. (Film negative)

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Key Information


Hugh E. Richardson


Hugh Richardson

Date of Photo



Lhodrag Region > Mawochok

Accession number


Image Dimensions

54 X 43 mm

Reliquary monument (mchod rten) at base of mountain below Mawachok (smra bo lcogs). Two men with horses have just crossed a stone bridge in the foreground.

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 1950 Lhodrag tour

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - Notes on negative album - '4 LHOBRAG 1950' 'Gongkar. Dzaring La. Lha khang Dzong. Sras. Pemaling Tso. Ku la kangri.' written in white in Richardson's hand.

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - Notes on negative index '4' - Folio 20. 'Chorten. Below Mawa cog'

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - Richardson's Handlist. 'Album 4. Journey starting at Gong dkar rdzong on Gstang-po, 29.18 N. 90.48 E. [no.] 20. Mchod rten S.E. of Smra-bo lcogs'.

Other Information - Background: Richardson describes the site in High Peaks, Pure Earth , London, Serindia Publications, 1998, p. 321, " On the hillside above Ris-med Lha-khang is Smra-bo lcogs-pa (1950). Originaly founded in the time of the kngs, it became the home of the famous gter-ston, "discoverer of hidden religious texts", Myang-ral Nyi-ma 'od-zer. In front of the temple are two large mchod-rten which are much visited by pilgrims." Also, "In the valley below the monastery is a large mchod rten made by Mnga'-bdag Myang. ..."

Other Information - Background: Mawo Chok (Smra bo lcogs) monastery is on the important monastery of Nying ma school of Tibetan Buddhism. The monastery is associated with Nyima Wosel, (1124-92), who was born near the monastery. Nyima Wosel is regarded one of five great discover kings (ter ton rgyal po rnga.) The monastery was founded in 12th Century at a sight where Nyima Wosel mediated. [TS 19/5/2005]

Other Information - Dates

Other Information - Dates: The date is derived from Richardson’s negative album No.4, the cover of which is marked with ‘Lhobrag 1950’. These images seem all to have been developed as part of a batch arising from a trip to Mug, Lhobrag etc in 1950. [MS 22/12/2005]

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

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