Ceremony at Tengoling Monastery

Ceremony at Tengoling Monastery

BMH.D.61.1 (Film negative)

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Key Information


Arthur Hopkinson


A. J. Hopkinson

Date of Photo

July 9th 1927


Gyantse Region > Tengoling

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Image Dimensions

85 x 114

Monk dancers in a ceremony at Tengoling Monastery near Gyantse on the 10th day of the 5th Tibetan month in 1927. The courtyard is surrounded by onlookers who watch events from every vantage point. A. J. Hopkinson left his given location in the first floor balcony above the main entrance of the courtyard to take this photograph and went right down into the courtyard itself among the dancers. This kind of activity was in marked contrast to British officials who were of higher status, such as Sir Charles Bell, who were usually not permitted such freedom of movement

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Photographic Process

Negative film nitrate


A. J. Hopkinson's Tour of Duty as British Trade Agent, Gyantse, 1927-28

Other Information

In Negative - 'D-61' has been written along the left side of the negative in black ink' [MS 27/07/2006]

Notes on print/mount - One contact print and one facsimile print have been made from this negative is contained in A. J. Hopkinson's negative case with the negative. The contact print was made using Velox paper and has the name 'A. J. Hopkinson' and the reference 'D.61' written across the back in pencil. The facsimile print has the reference 'D.61' written in the top left corner of the back of the print in pencil. There is also another inscription, originally written in blue pencil, which has been partially erased and is now indecipherable [MS 27/07/2006]

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - [Caption in A. J. Hopkinson's negative album 'Tibet D']: 'The dance' [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.61.1.html>.

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