Images in Shanang Monastery near Samada

Images in Shanang Monastery near Samada

BMH.D.86.1 (Film negative)

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Key Information


Arthur Hopkinson


A. J. Hopkinson

Date of Photo

July 19th 1927


Khangmar Region > Samada > Shanang Monastery

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Image Dimensions

111 x 85

Images in Shanang Monastery near Samada, which, according to A. J. Hopkinson, had been left empty since the Younghusband Expedition of 1904 [see Notes]. He visited the monastery on July 19th en route from Gyantse to Yatung. Unfortunately, while taking photographs of the interior of the monastery he damaged his camera [see Notes]. Here, a central image draped in offering scarves can be seen flanked by other images with very detailed carving. The wall carvings are also seen very clearly in this image, which required a 45 minute exposure [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 86' has been written across the top of the negative in blue ink [MS 29/07/2006]

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - [Caption in A. J. Hopkinson's negative album 'Tibet D']: 'Temple in Samada - Buddha - F8 45" ' [MS 28/04/2006]

Other Information - Setting

Other Information - Setting: Just prior to reaching Samada when en route from Gyantse to Yatung in July 1927, A. J. Hopkinson visited a small monastery at Shanang deserted since Younghusband Expedition of 1904. He comments in a related letter: “I photographed [the Buddha statues and walls], but doubt the photo will come out. Then I had another disaster. My camera stand toppled over. My camera has been dented, but whether the light is getting in I can’t say yet” [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 2] [MS 29/07/2006]

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

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