A cairn at the top of the Natu La

A cairn at the top of the Natu La

BMH.B.10.1 (Film negative)

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Key Information


Arthur Hopkinson


A. J. Hopkinson

Date of Photo

February 9th 1927?

Named Person

Hlakdun Dundup, Tami, Pasang, Tondup


Chumbi Valley Region > Natu La

Accession number


Image Dimensions

85 x 106

A cairn at the top of the pass known as Natu La which formed the crossing point from Sikkim into Tibet. Hopkinson refers to this site as 'Hlagya Cho' [Lhagye Lo]. The men in the photograph are all associated with the British Trade Agency in Tibet. From left to right they are: Hlakdun, one of Hopkinson's syce, Tami, his orderly, Pasang, his head chaprassi, and Tondup [unidentified role]. They are standing next to a large cairn with prayer flags erected by travellers over the pass

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 - 'B-10' has been written on the top edge of the negative in black ink [MS 29/06/2006]

Notes on print/mount - Two contact prints made from this negative are contained in A. J. Hopkinson's negative case with the negative. 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: "Hlagyu Cho at top of the Natu La - L to R - Hlakdun (Sais) - TA-MI - PASANG (leading) - Tondup". The number 2 has been written on the front top right corner in pencil. 'H12' has also been written on the back in pencil. The second print has the caption "The top of the pass Natu La" and 'A. J. Hopkinson' written on the back of the print in pencil [MS 29/06/2006]

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - [Caption in A. J. Hopkinson's negative album 'Tibet B']: '10 - Hlagya Cho - Natu' [MS 21/04/2006]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "A cairn at the top of the Natu La " 05 Dec. 2006. The British Museum. <http://tibet.prm.ox.ac.uk/photo_BMH.B.10.1.html>.

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