Carved figures, Rangoon. A reclining 'Gaudama', with attendant worshippers.
Photographer: Jackson, J.
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of carved wooden figures at Rangoon (Yangon), taken by J. Jackson in c.1868, part of an album of 43 views of Burma (Myanmar) from the Sladen Collection. The figures represent the reclining Gautama Buddha with attendant worshippers, a form of sacred sculpture which would be painted or gilded. They are animated and naturalistic in style and are arranged on a large and ornate plinth. The Burmese have an ancient tradition of woodcarving, at which they excel both technically and aesthetically. Free-standing sculptures of figures who played an important role in Buddhism are often found in Burmese temples, monasteries, nunneries and palaces. The medium was also used in royal and religious architecture, where beautifully-carved wooden decorative elements are a characteristic feature.