Yuthok Sampa (Turqoise Bridge)

Yuthok Sampa (Turqoise Bridge)

BMR.6.8.9 (Transparency colour)

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Key Information


Hugh E. Richardson


Hugh Richardson

Date of Photo



Lhasa > Yuthok Sampa

Accession number


Image Dimensions

60 x 90 mm

The Yuthok Sampa (Turquoise Bridge). The settlement of Lhasa may be seen in the background.

Further Information

Photographic Process

Transparency Colour


Hugh E. Richardson

Other Information

Technical Information - The camera 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.] 9. Yuthok Sampa, the Turquoise Bridge, southeast of the Potala.' [KC 09/10/2006]

Other Information - Cultural Background

Other Information - Cultural Background: The Yuthok Sampa or Turquoise Bridge is so named because of the turquoise glazed tiles on its roof. Spencer Chapman notes that beggars sat at each end of the bridge and that the same ones appeared each day: “a blind man with a tiny black beard and a small yellow dog, a wrinkled white-haired old woman, and two youngish men revolving prayer-wheels”. (1938:150) The original structure dates back to the 7th century but it is now destroyed [CH 2003]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Yuthok Sampa (Turqoise Bridge)" 05 Dec. 2006. The British Museum. <http://tibet.prm.ox.ac.uk/photo_BMR.6.8.9.html>.

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