Service by thangka wall at Palkhor Chode, Gyantse

Service by thangka wall at Palkhor Chode, Gyantse

BMH.C.10.1 (Film negative)

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Key Information


Arthur Hopkinson


A. J. Hopkinson

Date of Photo

June 21st 1927?


Gyantse > Palkhor Chode > Goku Tramsa

Accession number


Image Dimensions

85 x 106

People standing and sitting next to the Goku Tramsa wall of Palkhor Chode monastery, Gyantse, where the large embroidered thangka on display can just be seen in the left side of the image. This textile would be displayed during the Gyantse festival which took place in the fourth month of the Tibetan year. The wall which was high on the hillside around Gyantse in the north east corner of the monastery. The poor quality of the image is because of the weak sunlight, this ceremony taking place in the early hours of the morning before the sun was full in the sky

Further Information


Ritual Activity

Photographic Process

Negative film nitrate


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

Other Information

In Negative - 'C 10' has been written in black ink in the top right corner of the negative. The negative has been cut very crudely down the left and right edges [MS 01/07/2006]

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - [Caption in A. J. Hopkinson's negative album 'Tibet C']: 'Ki-go' [MS 28/04/2006]

Other Information - Description: [Extract from taped interview, Richard Blurton and Mrs Hopkinson] 'Service in front of Kigo wall, with the precinct wall in the background' [MS 01/07/2006]

Other Information - For dating of image, see A. J. Hopkinson Archive, OIOC British Library, Mss Eur D998/54, Journal Letters from Gyantse and Various Camps, 1927-28, commencing June 26th 1927, Gyantse, pages 1-3 [MS 01/07/2006]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Service by thangka wall at Palkhor Chode, Gyantse" 05 Dec. 2006. The British Museum. <>.

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