Burmese village poay [pwe]
Photographer: Klier, Philip Adolphe (c.1845-1911)
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of a pwe or dance performance in Burma (Myanmar), taken by Philip Adolphe Klier in the 1890s. A pwe is a form of traditional Burmese performance combining music, dance and drama which was staged during pagoda festivals and by travelling troupes in rural villages. This is a view of dancers and musicians posed in a clearing. The musicians play a variety of percussion and wind instruments which typically make up an outdoor ensemble. The circular frames in which two musicians sit are drum and gong instruments. The photograph is from an album devoted almost
entirely to Lord Elgin's Burma tour of November to December 1898. Victor Alexander Bruce (1849-1917), ninth Earl of Elgin and 13th Earl of Kincardine, served as Viceroy of India between 1894 and 1899.