Service by thangka wall at Palkhor Chode, Gyantse

Service by thangka wall at Palkhor Chode, Gyantse

BMH.C.11.1 (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 108

People standing and sitting next to the Goku Tramsa wall of Palkhor Chode monastery, Gyantse, where the large embroidered thangka would be displayed 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 and in this photograph the walls extending round the monastery precinct along the hilltop can be seen very clearly, as can the roof of the main temple. The crowd is seated around musical instruments as a ceremony is taking place. 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 11' has been written on the top edge of the negative in black ink. The negative has been crudely cut along the right and left 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] 'Gyantse monastery - this looks as if it had been taken at the display of the Kigo because these were all monks in the foreground and the drum and the cymbals, and there's a little table with sacred objects, and the Kigo would come here you see [on path before monks]. Photographer has [his] back to the Kigo, which is behind him. Monastery in background, Kumbum in lower left' [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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