People turning prayer wheels, Palkhor Chode

People turning prayer wheels, Palkhor Chode

BMH.C.2.1 (Film negative)

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Key Information


Arthur Hopkinson


A. J. Hopkinson

Date of Photo

March 19th 1927


Gyantse > Palkhor Chode

Accession number


Image Dimensions

85 x 105

A man at Palkhor Chode monastery, Gyantse, just below the Kumbum, spinning a small prayer wheel while walking along the path around the monastery adjacent to the larger prayer wheels behind the wooden fence. A group of men and women can be seen behind spinning the large wheels. Shadow of the photographer's head wearing a trilby hat in the lower right of the image

Further Information


Ritual Activity

Photographic Process

Negative film nitrate


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

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - [Caption in A. J. Hopkinson's negative album 'Tibet C']: 'Ditto [Turning Prayer Wheels' [MS 28/04/2006]

Other Information - Description: [Extract from taped interview, Richard Blurton and Mrs Hopkinson] Ditto for No. 2 ['Turning the prayer wheels. There are a series of prayer wheels outside the mani walls outside the Palkhor chorten. He is a visiting person, he has homespun hat on; turning the prayer wheels as he goes along, turning his own at the same time'] [MS 01/07/2006]

Other Information - Dates

Other Information - Dates: 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 March 20th 1927, Gyantse, pages 6-9 [MS 01/07/2006]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "People turning prayer wheels, Palkhor Chode" 05 Dec. 2006. The British Museum. <>.

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