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Bell Pagoda near Mandalay

Bell Pagoda near Mandalay

Photographer: Jackson, J.

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1868

Shelfmark: Photo 1099/(25)

Item number: 109925

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the Bell Pagoda near Mandalay in Burma (Myanmar) from the Sladen Collection, taken by J. Jackson in c.1868. This is a view looking towards the entrance of the pagoda, which is built in the form of a bell-shaped stupa or zedi. The dome, or anda, is ringed with lotus petals and crowned with an umbrella or hti and a flag-like vane. The entrance is flanked by giant chinthes or leogryphs, mythical lions who are the guardians of Burmese temples. In front of each chinthe is a bilu, or Burmese ogre, who also functions as a guardian figure. On either side of the temple is a dagun-daing, a tall prayer-post, traditionally decorated with a hintha bird and a long streamer.

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