Monk musicians near Gyantse

Monk musicians near Gyantse

BMH.F.8.1 (Film negative)

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Key Information


Arthur Hopkinson


A. J. Hopkinson

Date of Photo

1927 - 1928


Gyantse Region >

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Image Dimensions

85 x 110

A group of monk musicians playing radung horns and other wind instruments in an unknown location near Gyantse. They are standing in front of red-painted roof structures while the Gyantse plain can be seen in the background

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Photographic Process

Negative film nitrate


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

Other Information

In Negative - The edge of the negative has been cut very crudely down the left hand side [MS 11/08/2006]

Manual Catalogues -

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

Other Information - Description: [Extract from taped interview, Richard Blurton and Mrs Hopkinson] '8 - monk musicians on the roof of the house of Chania. They are accompanying the reading of sacred texts. This recitation was often done as an act of piety, or if someone in the household was sick. Instruments included conches, shawms and the long expanding trumpets. Above them can be seen the spirit catchers. Once on the way to Shigatse, Mr and Mrs H. visited a small monastery where, laid out on a table in a narrow little courtyard, were amongst other things two dried up heads. Nobody was surprised at them, or knew what they were, other than that they might have been bandits who had been beheaded and their heads had been kept here to stop them escaping. Another gruesome curiosity was the stuffed yak which was sometimes located above the doorway in temples. To get in it was necessary to brush against it - presumably it was a guardian figure - see Lhalungpa L. 1983 p.136 (for dried human heads, see p.75) [MS 04/08/2006]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Monk musicians near Gyantse" 05 Dec. 2006. The British Museum. <>.

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