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Burmese musicians at the Shwe Dagon Pagoda [Rangoon]

Burmese musicians at the Shwe Dagon Pagoda [Rangoon]

Photographer: Klier, Philip Adolphe (c.1845-1911)

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1895

Shelfmark: Photo 15/6(60)

Item number: 15660

Length: 21.3

Width: 28.4

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of musicians at the Shwe Dagon Pagoda in Rangoon (Yangon), Burma (Myanmar), taken by Philip Adolphe Klier in the 1890s. Burma has a vast classical music repertoire known as the Maha Gita, or Great Song, and a rich tradition of ensemble musical performance. The musicians in this view are performing on the platform of the Shwe Dagon Pagoda, Burma’s most revered Buddhist shrine and site of pilgrimage. The base of the main stupa can be seen behind the musicians. In Burma the violin was traditionally played by blind musicians and is held upright rather than horizontally. 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.

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