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A Phoongyee house at Rangoon

A Phoongyee house at Rangoon

Photographer: Jackson, J.

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1868

Shelfmark: Photo 1099/(5)

Item number: 10995

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of wooden monastery buildings in Rangoon (Yangon) taken by J. Jackson in c.1868, part of an album of 43 views of Burma (Myanmar) from the Sladen Collection. 'Pongyi' is the name given to Buddhist monks and a 'kyaung' is a Burmese monastery. The tiered roof and spire, known as a pyat-that, marks the main shrine room of the monastery, the hpaya-saung. Other halls or tazaung have multi-tiered roofs but no spire. The roof to the right is decorated with flamboyant woodcarvings on the eaves and ridges, a feature of Burmese architecture. The Sangha or Buddhist monkhood occupied an important place in Burmese religious and secular life which continues today.

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