Shanang Monastery near Samada

Shanang Monastery near Samada

BMH.C.98.1 (Film negative)

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Key Information


Arthur Hopkinson


A. J. Hopkinson

Date of Photo

July 19th 1927


Khangmar Region > Samada > Shanang Monastery

Accession number


Image Dimensions

85 x 105

A group of horses in an open, rocky plain with mountains rising steeply in the distance. Taken close to Samada when Hopkinson was travelling to Yatung from Gyantse in July 1927. The building is Shanang Monastery. Hopkinson comments in his journal for 19th July 1927 that he tried to take some photographs of the monastery interior but that, unfortunately, his camera stand fell over. From this point he seems to have been concerned about the impact the damage may have on his image-taking

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-98' has been written on the top edge of the negative in black ink [MS 14/07/2006]

Notes on print/mount - One contact print made from this negative is contained in A. J. Hopkinson's negative case with the negative. The caption "Shonang Monastery near Samada - Another typical view on the road to Gyantse. The [?] valley is occupied only by a few scattered houses and a monastery" has been written on the back of the print in pencil, as has the name "A. J. Hopkinson" and the references 'C98' and 'H6' [MS 14/07/2006]

Manual Catalogues -

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

Other Information - Dates

Other Information - Dates: 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 July 19th 1927, Camp Samada, page 1 [MS 14/07/2006]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Shanang Monastery near Samada" 05 Dec. 2006. The British Museum. <>.

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