Crowd at Gyantse Gun and Arrow competition

Crowd at Gyantse Gun and Arrow competition

BMH.C.53.1 (Film negative)

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Key Information


Arthur Hopkinson


A. J. Hopkinson

Date of Photo

June 21st 1927

Named Person

Pu Mingu


Gyantse > Paper Factory

Accession number


Image Dimensions

85 x 114

Spectators enjoying a day out at the shooting contest. This photograph was taken on the occasion of the annual Gun and Arrow Competition at Gyantse in 1927. The site of the competition was close to the Paper Factory, about ten minutes from the Fort where the Agency staff stayed. A walled enclosure can be seen in the background, possible the compound of the Paper Factory. Hopkinson commented in his journal for this day that he was fascinated by the crowd and took many photographs of the people he encountered [see Notes]. The women are wearing the distinctive hooped head-dresses of the Gyantse region, and jewellery. The woman in the centre of the image has a large beauty spot on her temple. The man on the left of the image has an insignia on the front of his hat and was apparently associated with the British Fort

Further Information

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 C']: 'Pu Mingu pic-nic-ing' [MS 28/04/2006]

Other Information - Description: [Extract from taped interview, Richard Blurton and Mrs Hopkinson] 'Picnic party of the jeprosy (?) [official] from the fort, whose name may be Pat Lin Ju, at the archery contest [MS 03/07/2006]

Other Information - Dates

Other Information - Dates: For dating of image and further description, see A. J. Hopkinson Archive, OIOC British Library, Mss Eur D998/54, Journal Letters from Gyantse and Various Camps, 1927-28, commencing June 26th 1927, Gyantse, pages 1-3 [MS 01/07/2006]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Crowd at Gyantse Gun and Arrow competition" 05 Dec. 2006. The British Museum. <>.

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