Thangka wall at Palkhor Chode, Gyantse

Thangka wall at Palkhor Chode, Gyantse

BMH.C.7.1 (Film negative)

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Key Information


Arthur Hopkinson


A. J. Hopkinson

Date of Photo

June 21st 1927?


Gyantse > Palkhor Chode > Goku Tramsa

Accession number


Image Dimensions

85 x 107

People standing next to the Goku Tramsa wall of Palkhor Chode monastery, Gyantse, where the large embroidered thangka on display can just be seen in the left side of the image. This textile would be displayed during the Gyantse festival which took place in the fourth month of the Tibetan year. The wall which was high on the hillside around Gyantse in the north east corner of the monastery. A person can be seen in the lower left of the image with a portable altar. Another portable altar and musical instruments can be seen in the lower right of the image. The poor quality of the image is because of the weak sunlight, this ceremony taking place in the early hours of the morning before the sun was full in the sky

Further Information


Ritual Activity

Photographic Process

Negative film nitrate


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

Other Information

In Negative - 'C 7' has been written in the top right corner of the negative in black ink [MS 01/07/2006]

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - [Caption in A. J. Hopkinson's negative album 'Tibet C']: 'Ki-go' [MS 28/04/2006]

Other Information - Description: [Extract from taped interview, Richard Blurton and Mrs Hopkinson] 'Small altar in the foreground on which is water offering bowls, and butter lamps, and tormas, and incense sticks. In the middle distance you can see the bottom of the Kigo itself. My husband told me that as soon as the sun shone full on it, they took it down. It was an early morning thing' [MS 01/07/2006]

Other Information - For dating of image, 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. "Thangka wall at Palkhor Chode, Gyantse" 05 Dec. 2006. The British Museum. <>.

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