The Tibetan Trade Agent at Gyantse

The Tibetan Trade Agent at Gyantse

BMH.C.28.1 (Film negative)

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Key Information


Arthur Hopkinson


A. J. Hopkinson

Date of Photo

June 21st 1927

Named Person

Nishap, Chatra, Suveda, Henry Martin?


Gyantse > Paper Factory

Accession number


Image Dimensions

85 x 105

Nishap, the representative of the Khenchung or Tibetan Trade Agent at Gyantse, in the centre left of the image in a flat brimmed hat and silk chuba. Alongside him are two men identified at a later date by Mrs Hopkinson as Sikh Suveda (centre) and Chatra (centre right) [see Notes]. The unidentified European on the extreme left may be Henry Martin, the long term resident of Gyantse/Yatung who was in 1927 working as Head Clerk. This photograph was taken on the occasion of the annual Gun and Arrow Competition at Gyantse. Hopkinson had lunch with Nishap on that day

Further Information

Photographic Process

Negative film nitrate


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

Other Information

In Negative - 'C-28' has been written on the top of the negative in black ink [MS 01/07/2006]

Manual Catalogues -

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

Other Information - Description: [Extract from taped interview, Richard Blurton and Mrs Hopkinson] 'l-r Nishap, Sikh Suveda, and Chaksa. On the far left is a Brit' [MS 01/07/2006]

Other Information - Dates

Other Information - Dates: For dating of image and further description, 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. "The Tibetan Trade Agent at Gyantse" 05 Dec. 2006. The British Museum. <>.

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