Reting monastery

Reting monastery

BMR.6.8.219 (Transparency colour)

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Key Information


Hugh E. Richardson


Hugh Richardson

Date of Photo



Rongchu Valley Region > Reting >

Accession number


Image Dimensions

60 x 90 mm

Reting monastery with grassy fields in the foreground and trees around the monastery.

Further Information

Photographic Process

Transparency Colour


Richardson's 1950 Reting tour

Other Information

Technical Information - The cameras used to take this collection of colour slides (Dufay colour) were a Zeiss Super Ikonta and a Reflex Korelle. [KC 09/10/2006]

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - Typewritten handlist entitled 'Hugh Richardson Collection, The British Museum. Photographs taken between 1936-50. Cameras: Zeiss Super Ikonta, Reflex Korelle. 300 colour slides (Dufay colour); copies made Jan. 1995.
[no.] 219. Reting Monastery, viewed from below.' [KC 11/10/2006]

Other Information - Background: Richardson recalls his visit to this monastery in High Peaks, Pure Earth , London: Serindia Publications, 1998, p. 311. " Rwa-sgreng (1950) monastery set delightfully in a forest of tall juniper trees, a rare sight in this part of Tibet. It was founded as the first monastery of the Bka'-gdams-pa school by Atisa's principle disciple 'Brom-ston,who brought with him relics of the master which were teasured in the main temple. Unlike Stag-lung, Rwa-sgreng's many temples, halls and monastic residences are grouped closely together on the hillside, dominated by the small red tower and gilded canopy standing over the main alter in the gtsug-lag-khang and assembly hall. ... At the time of my visit in 1950 the monks had not fully recovered from the trauma of 1947 when the Rwa-sgreng Rin-po-che had been arrested in his bla-brang by Tibetan troops on the charge of conspiracy to displace his successor as Regent, the Stag-brag Rin-po-che. He was taken to Lhasa where he died in prison. The troops also looted his bla-brang ."[KC 21/10/2006]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Reting monastery" 05 Dec. 2006. The British Museum. <>.

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