A traveller on Tuna plain

A traveller on Tuna plain

BMH.G.53.1 (Film negative)

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Key Information


Arthur Hopkinson


A. J. Hopkinson

Date of Photo

1927 - 1928


Chumbi Valley Region > Tuna

Accession number


Image Dimensions

85 x 113

A traveller wearing full winter travelling gear on the plain near Tuna

Further Information

Photographic Process

Negative film nitrate


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

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Other Information

In Negative - 'G-53' has been written along the left edge of the negative in blue-black ink [MS 19/08/2006]

Notes on print/mount - One contact print made from this negative is contained in A. J. Hopkinson's negative case with the negative. The print was made using Velox paper. 'A. J. Hopkinson' has been written on the back of the print in pencil, as has the reference 'G.53' [MS 19/08/2006]

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - [Caption in A. J. Hopkinson's negative album 'Tibet G']: 'Typical travellers - Tuna Plain' [MS 05/05/2006]

Other Information - Description: [Extract from taped interview, Richard Blurton and Mrs Hopkinson] '53 - Horse rider in winter clothing, near Phari, and with rifle across his back with a tuft in the muzzle to keep the dust out. Possibly the mail-runner on the route from Gangtok to Gyantse. Having crossed the Natu La from Sikkim and come down in to the Chumbi valley, then over another pass, and then suddenly you came up on the Tibetan plateau at Phari, which is situated at the base of Chomolhari. It was here that you changed transport from mules to yaks - there was no longer any fodder for mules; yaks were slower but cheaper and more reliable. Yaks were for the baggage, not for riding on' [MS 12/08/2006]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "A traveller on Tuna plain" 05 Dec. 2006. The British Museum. <http://tibet.prm.ox.ac.uk/photo_BMH.G.53.1.html>.

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