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Kachins [Burma]

Kachins [Burma]

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1895

Shelfmark: Photo 15/6(45)

Item number: 15645

Length: 15.4

Width: 20

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of a group of Kachins in Burma (Myanmar), taken by an unknown photographer in the 1890s. The Kachin are one of over 30 tribal groups in Burma. They are a Tibeto-Burman people who originally migrated from western China and occupy Kachin State, Burma’s most northerly state. They constitute one of the eight ‘national races’ now recognised by the government, the others being the Shan, Mon, Kayah, Chin, Karen, Rakhaing and the majority Bamar population. This view shows a group of men and women posed for the photographer in the open air. 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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