An old man spinning a prayer wheel, Gyantse Bazaar

An old man spinning a prayer wheel, Gyantse Bazaar

BMH.C.76.1 (Film negative)

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Key Information


Arthur Hopkinson


A. J. Hopkinson

Date of Photo

1927 - 1928. May - July 1927?


Gyantse > Bazaar

Accession number


Image Dimensions

85 x 109

An old man seated in front of a wall Gyantse bazaar with a large open-weave basket in the left of the image and some small vessels on the ground on the right. The man is spinning a prayer wheel. The walls of Gyantse monastery can be seen in the background out of focus, as can the upper storeys of some of the monastery buildings

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 - 'C 76' has been written in black ink on the left edge of the negative [MS 13/07/2006]

Notes on print/mount - One contact print made from this negative is contained in A. J. Hopkinson's negative case with the negative. The print was made using Velox paper. 'A. J. Hopkinson' and 'C 76' have been written on the back of the print in pencil [MS 13/07/2006]

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - [Caption in A. J. Hopkinson's negative album 'Tibet C']: 'Gyantse Bazar - Old man with prayer wheel' [MS 28/04/2006]

Other Information - Description: [Extract from taped interview, Richard Blurton and Mrs Hopkinson] 'In the bazaar in Gyantse with the Palkhor chorten in the background and the old man in the front selling teapots and twirling his prayer wheel' [MS 13/07/2006]

Other Information - Dates

Other Information - Dates: Hopkinson visited Gyantse bazaar many times during his time as Trade Agent in 1927-28. However, this group of images seems to be related to others taken during his time in the town during May -July 1927 [MS 13/07/2006]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "An old man spinning a prayer wheel, Gyantse Bazaar" 05 Dec. 2006. The British Museum. <>.

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