Richardson's orderly copying the Karcung inscription

Richardson's orderly copying the Karcung inscription

2001. (Film negative)

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Key Information


Hugh E. Richardson


Hugh Richardson

Date of Photo



Lhasa Area > Karcung

Accession number


Image Dimensions

55 x 55 mm

Richardson's orderly on a ladder propped against the inscription pillar ar Karcung. He is copying the inscription. One of the four reliquary monuments at the site is visible in the background.

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 (outer case) - 'INSCRIPTIONS ON RDO RINGS' (in black ink on white label) and 'Inscriptions & misc.' (in black ink on yellow label) is written in Richardson's hand on the cover of the negative album. [KC 21/9/2006]

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - Notes on negative index - '[ZHWAI]'

Research publication - Hugh E. Richardson, A Corpus of Early Tibetan Inscriptions, 1985 , Hertford: Stephen Austin and Son, Royal Asiatic Society, James G. Forlong Series, No. XXIX, 1985, plate 9 'The Skar-cung pillar'. [KC 29/9/2006]

Research publication - Clare Harris and Tsering Shakya (eds.) 2003 'Seeing Lhasa: British Depictions of the Tibetan Capital 1936-1947' (Serindia Publications, Chicago). Page 38. [KC 29/9/2006]

Research publication - David L. Snellgrove and Hugh Richardson,
A Cultural History of Tibet , 2003, Bangkok: The Orchid Press, p.36. 'The sKar-cung stone pillar at Ra-mo-sgang near Lhasa. It has an elaborate fluted stone canopy and a shell-like finial. The base is decorated by a Chinese-inspired mountain design.' [KC 29/9/2006]

Research publication - H. E. Richardson,
High Peaks, Pure Earth' , London, Serindia Publications, 1998, plate 12. "The Skar-cung pillar at Ra-ma-sgang near Lhasa." [KC 09/11/2006]

Other Information - History: Hugh Richardson discusses the history and significance of the pillar at Karcung in
A Corpus of Early Tibetan Inscriptions , 1985, Royal Asiatic Society, James G. Forlong Series, No. xxxix, Royal Asiatic Society, pp. 72-81. "The pillar stands outside a small temple near the village of Ra-ma-sgang on the south bank of the Skyid-chu about two miles south-west of Lhasa. It records the renewal by Khri Lde-srong-brtsan of his father's vow to maintain the Buddhist faith ... The present-day temple is very small and neglected but it stands inside an extensive area bounded by four large ancient mchod-rten which show traces of having been covered by tiles of the colour appropriate to their position as are those at bSam-yas. A great accumulation of sand, which made it impossible to see whether there were the remains of other buildings, had covered the stone pillar ... I had enough of the sand cleared away to be able to copy the whole text; and some time later I was able also to clear the base on which the pillar stands and which was seen to be a massive block of stone carved with a pattern of mountains in the Chinese style ... Inside the courtyard of the little temple were a stone capital, similar to that on the pillar, and the remains of what appeared to be the base of another pillar which may be buried in the sand. ... " (p. 72) [KC 21/9/2006]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Richardson's orderly copying the Karcung inscription" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <>.

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