Drak Sinmo rock near Nezhi

Drak Sinmo rock near Nezhi

2001. (Film negative)

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Key Information


Hugh E. Richardson


Hugh Richardson

Date of Photo



Lhodrag Region > Nezhi

Accession number


Image Dimensions

54 X 43 mm

A rock formation known as Drak Sinmo near Nezhi scored with lines representing the claw marks of the ogress believed to be the progenitor of the Tibetan people. There is the settlement fo Nezhi across from this rock on the left and some buildings below it. There is a track 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

Copy difference

Copy Neg


Richardson's 1950 Lhodrag tour


‘Mk’yen Brtse’s guide to the Holy Places of Central Tibet’, Alfonsa Ferrari, Rome: ISMEO, Serie Orinetale Roma XVI, 1958 [view list of illustrations]

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 22. 'Tigers claws (u Posho)' ?

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - 'Album 4: Journey starting at Gong-dkar rdzong on Gtsang-po, 29.18 N. 90.48. E.' No 22. '?Brag-srin-mo sbar rjes, supposed to be claw marks of demoness on rock, north of Gnas-bzhi.' (Typewritten sheet by H.E. Richardson)

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - [Hugh Richardson in conversation with Paddy Booz; see PRM Related Documents File] '9. Lhobrag Sbrag srim mo rje(n)=sin mo je='demon's track'=claws, or marks, in the rock to the right; (see at right of photo). Opposite Gnas Bzhi (Gnas bshi), which is visible at left of photo. See 20, 30.) [KC 3/3/2006]

Other Information - Location: The cliff is known as Drak Sinmo Barje (Brag srin mo sbar rjes) and also known as Sangri (Mt Snow lion). The marks on the cliff face are believed to be the claw marks of the orgress, who is regarded as the primogenitor of the Tibetan people. [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. "Drak Sinmo rock near Nezhi" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <http://tibet.prm.ox.ac.uk/photo_2001.>.

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