Turning prayer wheels at Gyantse Kumbum

Turning prayer wheels at Gyantse Kumbum

BMH.B.100.1 (Film negative)

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Key Information


Arthur Hopkinson


A. J. Hopkinson

Date of Photo

March 19th 1927?


Gyantse > Kumbum

Accession number


Image Dimensions

85 x 102

Men and women can here be seen turning prayer wheels at one of Gyantse's greatest religious sites, the Kumbum, the distinctive walls can be seen rising in the background of the image. The two women in the foreground and centre are wearing relatively elaborate jewellery and head-dresses decorated with pearls and corals in the hooped style of the Gyantse region

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 - The number 'B-100' has been written in the top right corner of the negative in The edges of the negative have been cut very crudely [MS 30/06/2006]

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, made using 'Velox' paper, has 'A. J. Hopkinson' written on the back in pencil. The second print has the caption "Turning the Prayer wheels in the Monastery at Gyantse" and 'H6' written again in pencil on the print back [MS 30/06/2006]

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - [Caption in A. J. Hopkinson's negative album 'Tibet B']: '100 - Turning prayer wheels in monastery' [MS 22/04/2006]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Turning prayer wheels at Gyantse Kumbum" 05 Dec. 2006. The British Museum. <http://tibet.prm.ox.ac.uk/photo_BMH.B.100.1.html>.

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