BMH.C.71.1 (Film negative)
A. J. Hopkinson
June 21st 1927?
Gyantse > Paper Factory
85 x 119
Negative film nitrate
A. J. Hopkinson's Tour of Duty as British Trade Agent, Gyantse, 1927-28
Manual Catalogues - [Caption in A. J. Hopkinson's negative album 'Tibet C']: 'Views in lower Sikkim' [Note: there is some confusion with the negative album for this image, which was in fact taken in Gyantse [MS 28/04/2006]
Other Information - Description: [Extract from taped interview, Richard Blurton and Mrs Hopkinson] 'There's a woman in all her finery on her head-dress and her necklaces, and the young girl [before] her is wearing the kind of headdress that was common when I went up to Tibet in 1947-8. They had given up the hoop shaped headdress, and the women were wearing a band with their coral and turquoise, the one that shows at the bottom of the hooped headdress was worn around their heads like a diadem. This I think for travel and sheer fashion had changed it - it was very cumbersome. These would be bands of seed pearls and coral and turquoise. I don't think I ever saw amber on a headdress, but if they had amber they probably would have worn it there, or it would have been on the necklace in lumps. They all had gows [ gau] ' [MS 13/07/2006]
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]
Other Information - Setting: Comment in Hopkinson's journal for this day: “The crowd at the Arrow Shooting was awfully interesting and I took heaps of photos” [ibid., p.3] [MS 03/07/2006]
For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Crowd at Gyantse Gun and Arrow competition" 05 Dec. 2006. The British Museum. <http://tibet.prm.ox.ac.uk/photo_BMH.C.71.1.html>.
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