The Taring family at home near Gyantse

The Taring family at home near Gyantse

BMH.A.27.1 (Film negative)

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Key Information


Arthur Hopkinson


A. J. Hopkinson

Date of Photo

January 16th 1927

Named Person

Jigme Taring, Rani Taring, Raja Taring


Gyantse Region > Taring House

Accession number


Image Dimensions

85 x 117 mm

Taring Raja with his wife and son Jigme at home near Gyantse, with Arthur Hopkinson second right. They had invited Hopkinson and some of the Trade Agency staff to lunch at their house. This was the first time that Hopkinson had met the Taring family but he was instantly impressed by all the family members and went on to develop a good relationship with both the parents and the children. Rani Taring is here wearing an impressive Gyantse-region head-dress adorned with pearls and corals. Jigme Taring, standing, is wearing a western style suit. He had been at St Paul's in Darjeeling, Sikkim

Further Information

Photographic Process

Negative film nitrate


A. J. Hopkinson's Tour of Duty as British Trade Agent, Gyantse, 1927-28

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Other Information

In Negative - 'A27' has been written on the right edge of the negative in black ink. The negative has been machine perforated along the right side. 26 holes have been perforated in total [MS 05/05/2006]

Notes on print/mount - One contact print made from this negative is contained in A. J. Hopkinson's negative case with the negative. The print appears to have been removed from an album, as there are traces of black mounting paper around the edges of the print as if it has been taken out after previously being glued in place. The number 5 has been written on the front top right corner in pencil and then partly erased [MS 24/06/2006]

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - [Caption in A. J. Hopkinson's negative album 'Tibet A - A. J. Hopkinson ICS Gyantse via Siliguri]: 'Ditto [Taring family with self]' [MS 28/04/2006]

Other Information - Description: [Extract from taped interview, Richard Blurton and Mrs Hopkinson] '27 - Mr and Mrs Taring at Gyantse. Mrs Taring wears an elaborate headdress with bands of pearls, coral and turquoise. Down her front is a strand of pearls. She may have had amber on her necklace but not on her headdress. They are accompanied by her son, who was sent to school in Darjeeling' [MS 21/04/2006]

Other Information - Dates

Other Information - Dates: For dating of image, see A. J. Hopkinson Archive, OIOC British Library, Mss Eur D998/53, Letters mainly from Gyantse 1926-27, Diary January 16th dated Gyantse 21 Jan 1927, page F [MS 24/06/2006]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "The Taring family at home near Gyantse" 05 Dec. 2006. The British Museum. <>.

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