Crowds in Gyantse Bazaar

Crowds in Gyantse Bazaar

BMH.C.79.1 (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 106

A group of people in Gyantse bazaar. Traders can be seen lined up against a wall with their goods displayed on cloths on the ground. The walls of Gyantse monastery and many of its buildings can be seen in the background. The large wall over which a large tapestry would be displayed is seen on the hillside in the top right corner of the image. The crowd of people closest to the cameraman include a number of monks

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 79' has been written along the top edge of the negative in black ink [MS 13/07/2006]

Notes on print/mount - Two contact prints made from this negative are contained in A. J. Hopkinson's negative case with the negative. The back of one of the prints bears the caption "Typical bazar crowd at Gyantse - monks in foreground' and the references 'C 79' and 'H6'. The other bears the same caption as well as additional inscriptions including that of 'A. J. Hopkinson' [MS 13/07/2006]

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - [Caption in A. J. Hopkinson's negative album 'Tibet C']: 'Gyantse Bazar - people in bazar' [MS 28/04/2006]

Other Information - Description: [Extract from taped interview, Richard Blurton and Mrs Hopkinson] 'In the foreground are two monks and women behind with the Gyantse head-dress, and the Kigo wall right in the background' [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. "Crowds in Gyantse Bazaar" 05 Dec. 2006. The British Museum. <>.

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