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Interior, Farm Caves, Maulmain 15667

Interior, Farm Caves, Maulmain 15667

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

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1895

Shelfmark: Photo 15/6(67)

Item number: 15667

Length: 20.1

Width: 27.4

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of a view inside the Farm Caves near Moulmein (Mawlamyaing) in Burma (Myanmar), taken by Philip Adolphe Klier in the 1890s. The Farm Caves are situated in the limestone hills that rise from the plains some ten miles east of Moulmein and are also known as the Ka-yon or Payon Caves. The rock surfaces of the cave interior have been carved and decorated with religious imagery to create a cave shrine. The Farm Caves are the best known of Burma's many cave temples, found in both Buddhist and Hindu art. This view shows a number of Buddha images and a carved stupa in the foreground. The sculptures are in a deteriorated condition and many had been removed, destroyed, or mutilated at the time this photograph was taken.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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