Taring family at the Gyantse Fort

Taring family at the Gyantse Fort

BMH.F.48.1 (Film negative)

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Arthur Hopkinson


A. J. Hopkinson

Date of Photo

January 28th 1928?

Named Person

Chime Taring, Pemba Tsering's wife, Miss Taring, Jigme Taring, Raja Taring


Gyantse > Fort

Accession number


Image Dimensions

85 x 110

Left to Right: Shime Taring, Mrs Pemba, Miss Taring, Jigme Taring and Taring Raja, who had been invited to lunch at the Fort in Gyantse where the British Trade Agency staff resided. Mrs Taring and Mrs Pemba wear elaborate head-dresses, while Jigme Taring and Taring Raja wear silk brocade chuba.

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Photographic Process

Negative film nitrate


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

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - [Caption in A. J. Hopkinson's negative album 'Tibet F']: 'Tering's at lunch' [MS 05/05/2006]

Other Information - Description: [Extract from taped interview, Richard Blurton and Mrs Hopkinson] '48 - left to right - Shime, Mrs Pemba (wearing the Lhasa headdress), Miss Taring (wearing the headdress of Gyantse), Jigme and Taring Raja. Note the magnificent jewellery made of seed pearls, lumps of coral and turquoise, and also amber (especially strung on necklaces). Taring was the local landowner, and was doubtless also a government official. This photograph was taken in the Fort where they were often entertained' [MS 10/08/2006]

Other Information - Dates

Other Information - Dates: This photograph may have been taken on January 28th 1928. Hopkinson wrote in his journal letters for this date that the Taring’s came to play football but were prevented by a dust storm so played roulette instead: “Mrs Pemba wore a Lhassa headdress and Miss Tering a Gyantse one. Tering and his boys are just off to Lhassa for the New Year, and I am giving Jigme some money to buy curios on my behalf” [A. J. Hopkinson Archive, OIOC British Library, Mss Eur D998/54, Journal Letters from Gyantse and Various Camps, 1927-28, commencing January 25th 1928, Gyantse, page 6]. Although Hopkinson dined with the Taring's on a number of occasions, this dating corresponds with the sequence of images that seems to exist in Hopkinson's negative album labelled 'F' in the British Museum Collection [MS 12/08/2006]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Taring family at the Gyantse Fort" 05 Dec. 2006. The British Museum. <http://tibet.prm.ox.ac.uk/photo_BMH.F.48.1.html>.

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