Carvings in Tsigyu temple, Gyantse

Carvings in Tsigyu temple, Gyantse

BMH.F.90.1 (Film negative)

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Key Information


Arthur Hopkinson


A. J. Hopkinson

Date of Photo

1927 - 1928


Gyantse > Tsigyu Temple

Accession number


Image Dimensions

1204 x 909

A carving in Tsigyu temple, Gyantse showing (left to right) an image of Dorje Pamo, the Abbess of Samding and Chenrezi

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 - This is a duplicate negative. The number 'PS250719' has been punched in the right edge of the negative [MS 11/08/2006]

Notes on print/mount - Two contact prints made from the original negative are contained in A. J. Hopkinson's negative case with the negative. The prints were made using Velox paper. On the first, the caption "Another scene in Tsigyu temple showing (l to r) (1) an image of Dorje Phamo (now incarnated in the Abbess of Samding) [note pig rising from her back] (2) Chenrezi, now incarnated in Dalai Lama' has been written on the back in pencil, as has the reference 'F.90'. The other print has the extended caption "A typical temple interior at Gyantse (13200 ft) (some 160 miles from Lhasa) L-R (1) Dorje Phamo (=Precious sow) [whose living incarnation resides at Samding] Note pig arising from her back (2) Chenrezi - now incarnated in Dalai Lama', as well as the references 'F.90' and '298 U' all of which have been written in pencil [MS 11/08/2006]

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - [Caption in A. J. Hopkinson's negative album 'Tibet F']: 'Images of Dorjeph and Churchisha F.7.7/45" ' [MS 05/05/2006]

Other Information - Description: [Extract from taped interview, Richard Blurton and Mrs Hopkinson] '90 - in Tsigyu temple, showing Dorje Pamo and Chenrezi (PS250719)' [MS 11/08/2006]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Carvings in Tsigyu temple, Gyantse" 05 Dec. 2006. The British Museum. <>.

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