Two men spinning wool, Gyantse bazaar

Two men spinning wool, Gyantse bazaar

BMH.F.27.1 (Film negative)

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Key Information


Arthur Hopkinson


A. J. Hopkinson

Date of Photo

January - February 1928?


Gyantse > Bazaar >

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Image Dimensions

113 x 85

Two men spinning wool in Gyantse bazzar. They are seated against the exterior wall of a building as the wooden joists can be seen projecting through the wall above their heads. A saddled horse can be seen out of focus in the background. Both of the men are wearing hoop earrings and they both have pieces of decorated cloth either over their shoulder (man on left) or around their waist (man on right)

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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 F']: 'Men spinning wool' [MS 04/05/2006]

Other Information - Description: [Extract from taped interview, Richard Blurton and Mrs Hopkinson] '27 - two men in the bazaar spinning cord - note the spindles in their hands, and also the decorated cloth over the shoulders of one of them. It is probably part woven (the stripes) and part tie-dyed (between the stripes).' [MS 10/08/2006]

Other Information - Dates

Other Information - Dates: This photograph may have been taken in late January or early February 1928. A. J. Hopkinson had clearly started to use his 'F' box of negatives in the early part of 1928 as he was able to send the first batch of photographs with this reference [F1 - F21] to Eleanor Hopkinson on February 2nd 1928 [A. J. Hopkinson Archive, OIOC British Library, Mss Eur D998/54, Journal Letters from Gyantse and Various Camps, 1927-28, commencing February 5th 1928, Gyantse, page 3]. In the same correspondence he also states that he has recently been taking a lot of photographs around Gyantse bazaar [ibid., pp. 2-3] [MS 12/08/2006]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Two men spinning wool, Gyantse bazaar" 05 Dec. 2006. The British Museum. <>.

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