Dancers at Gyantse Fort

Dancers at Gyantse Fort

BMH.C.84.1 (Film negative)

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Arthur Hopkinson


A. J. Hopkinson

Date of Photo

1927 - 1928. July 1927?


Gyantse > Fort

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Image Dimensions

85 x 111

A group of masked dancers performing at the Fort where officers associated with the British Trade Agency resided. The photograph has been taken while the dancers are in the midst of performing, their long sleeves and jackets swirling out to great effect

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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']: 'ACHE LHAMOS' [MS 28/04/2006]

Other Information - Description: [Extract from taped interview, Richard Blurton and Mrs Hopkinson] 'Showing the dancers in action' [MS 13/07/2006]

Other Information - Dates

Other Information - Dates: It is not certain when exactly this photograph was taken as Hopkinson makes no mention of these dancers in his journals. However, he does mention seeing some Ache Lhamo performances elsewhere in July 1927 and it was sometimes the case that British officers made invitations to such performers, especially small wandering troupes, to visit their residences in order to photograph them [see notes on Bell Collection]. However, these kind of performers would also be a relatively common sight as they toured the countryside to put on their plays. In the notes for BMH.C.87.1 however, Mrs Hopkinson suggests that they may have been in Gyantse in readiness for the annual Gun and Arrow Shooting competition, which took place on June 21st in 1927 [MS 13/07/2006]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Dancers at Gyantse Fort" 05 Dec. 2006. The British Museum. <>.

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