Mrs Taring and Mrs Pemba in Gyantse

Mrs Taring and Mrs Pemba in Gyantse

BMH.F.53.1 (Film negative)

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Key Information


Arthur Hopkinson


A. J. Hopkinson

Date of Photo

January 28th 1928?

Named Person

Rani Taring , Pemba Tsering's wife


Gyantse > Fort

Accession number


Image Dimensions

85 x 115

Mrs Taring (left) and Mrs Pemba (right) in the Fort at Gyantse. Mrs Taring wears the elaborately decorated headdress typical of the Gyantse region, while Mrs Pemba wears that typical of the Lhasa region. Both wear other jewellery such as gau amulet boxes around their necks and other items. The photograph demonstrates very well the regional differences in aristocratic women's dress that pertained in Central Tibet

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 - 'F-53' has been written in the top right corner of the negative on the emulsion side in blue-black ink [MS 11/08/2006]

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - [Caption in A. J. Hopkinson's negative album 'Tibet F']: 'Miss Tering and Mrs Pemba' [MS 05/05/2006]

Other Information - Dates

Other Information - Dates: This photograph may have been taken on January 28th 1928. Hopkinson wrote in his journal letters for this date that the Taring’s came to play football but were prevented by a dust storm so played roulette instead: “Mrs Pemba wore a Lhassa headdress and Miss Tering a Gyantse one. Tering and his boys are just off to Lhassa for the New Year, and I am giving Jigme some money to buy curios on my behalf” [A. J. Hopkinson Archive, OIOC British Library, Mss Eur D998/54, Journal Letters from Gyantse and Various Camps, 1927-28, commencing January 25th 1928, Gyantse, page 6]. Although Hopkinson dined with the Taring's on a number of occasions, this dating corresponds with the sequence of images that seems to exist in Hopkinson's negative album labelled 'F' in the British Museum Collection [MS 12/08/2006]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Mrs Taring and Mrs Pemba in Gyantse" 05 Dec. 2006. The British Museum. <>.

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