Dancer at Kirimcha

Dancer at Kirimcha

BMH.E.39.1 (Film negative)

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Arthur Hopkinson


A. J. Hopkinson

Date of Photo

November 28th 1927


Chumbi Valley Region > Kirimcha

Accession number


Image Dimensions

85 x 86

Kirimcha was a small Nyingma monastery 3 miles from Yatung at the top of a hill and surrounded by juniper. Hopkinson describes visiting there in November 1927 [see Notes]. The dancers wears a carved headdress, a human bone breastplate, and an elaborately embroidered and appliqued gown and holds a curved sword above his head.

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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 - This negative frame has been cropped to a very small size compared to other images in the Hopkinson collection[MS 31/07/2006]

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - [Caption in A. J. Hopkinson's negative album 'Tibet E']: 'Kirimcha - dancer close-up' [MS 04/05/2006]

Other Information - Description: [Extract from taped interview, Richard Blurton and Mrs Hopkinson] '39, 40 and 41 - dancer from a monastery near Yatung. Note the carved headdress, a human bone breastplate, and an elaborately embroidered and applique gown. The cape over the shoulders is of Chinese brocade' [MS 29/07/2006]

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 November 29th 1927, Yatung, page 1

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Dancer at Kirimcha" 05 Dec. 2006. The British Museum. <>.

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