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General view of Moga Kyaung, Saigang

General view of Moga Kyaung, Saigang

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1885

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(2592)

Item number: 10032592

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the Moga Kyaung, Buddhist monastery buildings, probably at Sagaing, Burma (Myanmar), taken by an unknown photographer in the 1880s. The building is constructed in the traditional Burmese temple style, consisting of a raised pavilion surrounded by a wide verandah, from which broad flights of masonry steps descend at the cardinal points. The tiered spire at right known as a ‘pyat-that’ marks the shrine room of the monastery. Other halls have multi-tiered roofs but no spire. The monastery is built of teak and ornamented with elaborate woodcarvings. Today Sagaing is widely regarded as the religious centre of Burma as there are around six hundred monasteries as well as numerous temples, stupas and caves shrines. However it is possible that this temple may be located in nearby Mandalay, where a great number of monasteries were founded as a consequence of royal patronage.

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