Khampa trader in front of mani wall, Gyantse

Khampa trader in front of mani wall, Gyantse

BMH.F.21.1 (Film negative)

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Key Information


Arthur Hopkinson


A. J. Hopkinson

Date of Photo

1927 - 1928



Accession number


Image Dimensions

112 x 85

A Khampa trader stands in front of a whitewashed mani wall, identified by Mrs Hopkinson as being situated between Gyantse dzong and the town [see Notes]. He is wearing a fur-lined chuba and hat. A woman stands in the background with a spindle in her hands, while other onlookers are cropped out of frame [see BMH.F.22.1]. Wall paintings and inscriptions can be seen around the wall on the right hand side

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 - The negative is damaged in the lower left corner [MS 11/08/2006]

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - [Caption in A. J. Hopkinson's negative album 'Tibet F']: 'A trader' [MS 04/05/2006]

Other Information - Description: [Extract from taped interview, Richard Blurton and Mrs Hopkinson] '21 - trader (possibly a Khamba), with in the background a woman with a spindle in her hand, with the wool wrapped round her wrist. Painted images under the eaves. Mani wall between the dzong (the outer walls of which can be seen in the background) and the town. In Gyantse' [MS 04/08/2006]

Other Information - Related Images

Other Information - Related Images: See BMH.F.22.1 for an image of the group surrounding this man [MS 12/08/2006]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Khampa trader in front of mani wall, Gyantse" 05 Dec. 2006. The British Museum. <>.

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