Rock paintings in Red Idol Gorge

Rock paintings in Red Idol Gorge

BMH.G.96.1 (Film negative)

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Key Information


Arthur Hopkinson


A. J. Hopkinson

Date of Photo

January 1st 1927


Gyantse Region > Red Idol Gorge

Accession number


Image Dimensions

100 x 850

Rock paintings in Red Idol Gorge near Gyantse

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 - Two words which are indecipherable have been written in the top left and right corners of the negative within the frame of the image [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 partially decipherable caption "Idols in the Red Idol Gorge - Jan 1st 1927" has been written on the back of the print in pencil. The print has clearly been removed from an album or a paper mount as the edges have pieces of black paper stuck to them. The number '9' has been written in the top right corner of the front of the album [MS 19/08/2006]

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - [Caption in A. J. Hopkinson's negative album 'Tibet G']: 'Idol near Red Idol Gorge' [MS 05/05/2006]

Other Information - Description: [Extract from taped interview, Richard Blurton and Mrs Hopkinson] '96 - 'Red Idol gorge' on the road to Gyantse - Padmasambhava' [MS 12/08/2006]

Other Information - Related Images

Other Information - Related Images: Although this image is contained in Negative Wallet G, which mainly contains images taken in 1928, this photograph was taken when A. J. Hopkinson was first en route to Gyantse in December 1926 - January 1927. This is indicated by the caption but also from evidence of the print having been removed from a black paper mount (possibly an album) and the inscription of a number in the top right hand corner on the front of the print. These are both features found on Hopkinson's early images of the region and provides further substantiation for the dating in the caption [MS 19/08/2006]

Other Information - Setting

Other Information - Setting: See A. J. Hopkinson Archive, OIOC British Library, Mss Eur D998/53, Letters mainly from Gyantse 1926-27, Letter dated January 3, page 1 [MS 19/08/2006]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Rock paintings in Red Idol Gorge" 05 Dec. 2006. The British Museum. <>.

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