Monastery of Chaksam chubori

Monastery of Chaksam chubori

2001. (Film negative)

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Key Information


Hugh E. Richardson


Hugh Richardson

Date of Photo

1936, 1948


Tsangpo Valley Region > Chaksam

Accession number


Image Dimensions

85 x 60 mm

The monastery of Chaksam Chubori (lcags zam chu bo ri) near the ferry crossing over the Tsangpo river. The monastery is partially destroyed but a reliquary monument (mchod rten) is clearly visible on the right of the image. There is a sandy beach 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


Hugh E. Richardson


‘High Peaks, Pure Earth’, Hugh Richardson, London, Serindia Publications, 1998 [view list of illustrations]

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - Notes on negative album - 'NYEMO. SAMYE. YARLUNG. RGYAL.' is written on the cover of this blue negative album in white in Richardson's hand. [KC 24/3/2006]

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - Notes on Blue negative album index - No. 66. 'LCAGS ZAM CHOS RI'.

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - Richardson's handlist: 'Blue Album. [No.] 66. 'Lcags-zam Chos-ri. Small monastery near an important ferry place over the Gtsang-po near junction of Skyid chu and Gtsang-po on road to Lhasa.'

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - [Hugh Richardson in conversation with Paddy Booz; see PRM Related Documents File] 'Chaksam Chuwori, also lcogs zam Chos ri, Chazam Chuwori. This monastery is near the bridge that crosses the the Tsangpo at Chaksam, south of Lhasa. Chos ri = 'religious hill'.'

Research publication - H. E. Richardson, High Peaks, Pure Earth' , London, Serindia Publications, 1998, plate 61. "Lcags-zam Chu-bo-ri." [KC 09/11/2006]

Other Information - Background: Richardson mentions this site in
High Peaks, Pure Earth , London, Serindia Publications, 1998, p. 315. "On the opposite side of the river [near the confluence of the Tsangpo and Kyichu rivers] was the monastery of Lcags-zam Chu-bo-ri (1936, 1948) built on a rocky spur overlooking the ferry station ... . In the assembly hall and numerous chapels were images of the Rnying-ma-pa sect and also the Dge-lugs-pa. ... The hill is famous for its many springs."

Other Information - Dates

Other Information - Dates: This image was probably taken using a Zeiss Super Ikonta C using 6 x 9 negative size and there is a group of related images, the contact prints for which are printed out on Agfa Lupex paper and have distinctively decorative edges, made by using a special guillotine. These images all seem to relate to the period of the British Mission to Lhasa in 1936-37 under Sir Basil Gould or to 1938 at the latest [MS 22/12/2005]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Monastery of Chaksam chubori" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <>.

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