Ceremony at Tengoling Monastery

Ceremony at Tengoling Monastery

BMH.D.55.1 (Film negative)

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Key Information


Arthur Hopkinson


A. J. Hopkinson

Date of Photo

July 9th 1927

Named Person

Captain Dean


Gyantse Region > Tengoling

Accession number


Image Dimensions

85 x 116

A monk dancer emerges from the main building of Tengoling Monastery, near Gyantse. Crowds are seated around and above the entrance, and A. J. Hopkinson's companion Captain Dean, who commanded the Sikh troops at Gyantse, can be seen with his legs sticking out of the main balcony, striving to get a good view of events. Hopkinson gives a long description of this event in his journal letters [see Notes]

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 - 'D-55' has been written down the right side of the negative in black ink [MS 17/07/2006]

Notes on print/mount - Two contact prints made from this negative are contained in A. J. Hopkinson's negative case with the negative. One bears the caption "Tengyoling Monastery - Monk dancers coming out one by one" on the back written in pencil, the other "At Tanjjoling Tengyoling near Gyantse - The dancers come out one by one". Both also have the additional pencil-written references 'D55' and 'H6' on the back [MS 17/07/2006]

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - [Caption in A. J. Hopkinson's negative album 'Tibet D']: 'Dancers come out singly' [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 5th 1927, Gyantse, page 3 ff [MS 17/07/2006]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Ceremony at Tengoling Monastery" 05 Dec. 2006. The British Museum. <http://tibet.prm.ox.ac.uk/photo_BMH.D.55.1.html>.

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