The Oracle's house, Galingka

The Oracle's house, Galingka

BMH.A.77.1 (Film negative)

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Key Information


Arthur Hopkinson


A. J. Hopkinson

Date of Photo

January 30th 1927?


Chumbi Valley Region > Galingka > Oracle's House

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Image Dimensions

116 x 85

The house of the Oracle at Galingka village in the Chumbi Valley. A mani wall, a structure containing mantra or revolving prayer walls can be seen in the foreground and women weaving can be seen in the background

Further Information

Photographic Process

Negative film nitrate


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

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Other Information

In Negative - There are two negatives for this image in the same pocket in Hopkinson's negative album, one of which is a copy of the other. 'A77' has been written on the top edges of the negatives in black ink. [MS 12/05/2006]

Notes on print/mount - Two contact prints made from this negative are contained in A. J. Hopkinson's negative case with two negatives, one of which appears to be a copy of the other. The first print appears to have been removed from an album, as there are traces of black mounting paper around the edges of the print as if it has been taken out after previously being glued in place. A partially decipherable caption has been written on the back in pencil: "Mani wall in foreground. Behind women weaving". The number 4 has been written on the front top right corner in pencil. The other print has the caption: "At Galingka. A typical Chumbi Valley house (the home of the 'Oracle')" [MS 26/06/2006]

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - [Caption in A. J. Hopkinson's negative album 'Tibet A - A. J. Hopkinson ICS Gyantse via Siliguri]: 'Ditto [GA-LIN-KA]' [MS 28/04/2006]

Other Information - Description: [Extract from taped interview, Richard Blurton and Mrs Hopkinson] '79, 78 and 77 - houses in a village in the Chumbi Valley, with the main road leading out the valley visible' [MS 20/04/2006]

Other Information - Dates

Other Information - Dates: For dating of image, see A. J. Hopkinson Archive, OIOC British Library, Mss Eur D998/53, Letters mainly from Gyantse 1926-27, diary dated January 30th 1927, page A [MS 26/06/2006]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "The Oracle's house, Galingka" 05 Dec. 2006. The British Museum. <>.

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