Ceremony inside a monastery, Gyantse

Ceremony inside a monastery, Gyantse

BMH.F.87.1 (Film negative)

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Key Information


Arthur Hopkinson


A. J. Hopkinson

Date of Photo

December 1927 - January 1928?


Gyantse > Torkya Monastery

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Image Dimensions

85 x 115

Monks at a ceremony inside a monastery in or near Gyantse. The monks out of focus on the right are playing or holding musical instruments such as cymbals, horns and drums. A large number of ritual offerings can be seen, as well as thangka around the walls.

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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']: 'Scenes from clerical life - Service' [MS 05/05/2006]

Other Information - Description: [Extract from taped interview, Richard Blurton and Mrs Hopkinson] '87 - very similar to 86 [BMH.F.86.1], but note the figure who has appeared in the background leaning against the pillar - a lay-man with a (?) Ladakh-type hat. Hanging up on the wall seems to be a chatelaine with a steel and pouch. The monk with the upright drum in in the process of beating it with one of the question mark-shaped beaters. These interior shots of a shrine may be either from the main temple in Gyantse, or from the small
gompa at the head of the bridge - this would be closest to the Fort' [MS 11/08/2006]

Other Information - Dates

Other Information - Dates: The dating of this image is partly suggested by a comment made by Hopkinson in one of his letters home that his photographs taken in 'the monastery' [unidentified, but in or around Gyantse] were unsuccessful: “All the flashlight photos and time exposures I took in the monastery are a washout; and I then found that my shutter wasn’t working properly. I enclose some photos, F1-21” [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, pages 3]. This date range also accords broadly with the sequence of images as they appear in his negative album 'F' in the British Museum collection [MS 12/08/2006]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Ceremony inside a monastery, Gyantse" 05 Dec. 2006. The British Museum. <http://tibet.prm.ox.ac.uk/photo_BMH.F.87.1.html>.

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