Crowds in Gyantse Bazaar

Crowds in Gyantse Bazaar

BMH.C.81.1 (Film negative)

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Key Information


Arthur Hopkinson


A. J. Hopkinson

Date of Photo

1927 - 1928. May - July 1927?


Gyantse > Bazaar

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Image Dimensions

85 x 109

A crowd 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. A man carrying bundles of incense, seen also in BMH.C.80.1 can be seen in the left of the frame. Women wearing the large, hooped head-dresses typical of the Gyantse region can be seen standing against the wall in the centre left of the image

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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']: 'Gyantse Bazar - people in bazar' [MS 28/04/2006]

Other Information - Description: [Extract from taped interview, Richard Blurton and Mrs Hopkinson] 'Market in Gyantse, these are coloured cups with tops and bottoms, and covers; and beer jugs, and bowls and spinning. Man carrying incense sticks. Precinct wall in background with monastery buildings' [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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