Rai Sahib Wangdi with his new honour

Rai Sahib Wangdi with his new honour

BMH.E.65.1 (Film negative)

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Key Information


Arthur Hopkinson


A. J. Hopkinson

Date of Photo

December 25th 1927

Named Person

Tsering Wangdi, Mr Major



Accession number


Image Dimensions

115 x 85

Tsering Wangdi was head Tibetan clerk to the British Trade Agency in Gyantse. On Christmas Day 1927 he was awarded the title 'Rai Sahib' and he is here seen wearing his medal on the sports ground near Gyantse dak bungalow. A crowd of onlookers who had also witnessed the Regimental sports stand in the background. Mr Major can be seen on the left in a hat, woollen scarf and facing the camera

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 - 'E 65' has been written on the bottom edge of the negative in black ink [MS 31/07/2006]

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - [Caption in A. J. Hopkinson's negative album 'Tibet E']: 'R. S. Wangdi' [MS 04/05/2006]

Other Information - Description: [Extract from taped interview, Richard Blurton and Mrs Hopkinson] '65 - Rai Sahib Wangdi wearing his insignia round his neck' [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 December 24th 1927, Gyantse, pages 4-7 [MS 31/07/2006]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Rai Sahib Wangdi with his new honour" 05 Dec. 2006. The British Museum. <http://tibet.prm.ox.ac.uk/photo_BMH.E.65.1.html>.

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