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Chuten built on Nepalese model between Tongsa and Bya-gha [Bhutan]

Chuten built on Nepalese model between Tongsa and Bya-gha [Bhutan]

Photographer: White, John Claude

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1905

Shelfmark: Photo 20/(33)

Item number: 33

Length: 18.3

Width: 31.3

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of a chorten (Buddhist shrine) at the roadside between Tongsa (Trongsa) and Byagarh in Bhutan taken by John Claude White in 1905. A photograph, from another collection, of the same structure taken from a different angle and with a small river in the foreground, is captioned 'Sambhunath Chutan on road between Simtokha and Tongsa E.' This is one of a set of photographs documenting White's mission to Bhutan to present the insignia of Knight Commander of the Indian Empire to Ugyen Wangchuk, the Penlop (Governor) of Trongsa in central Bhutan. Chorten is the name used in Bhutan for the stupa or Buddhist monument which often contains relics. Bhutan has three different styles of chortens, the Nepali, the Tibetan and the Bhutanese. The classic stupa shape derives from ancient India and has a dome topped by a spire over a square or rectangular base. Here the stupa is similar in design to the famous Swayambhunath stupa of Nepal.

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