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Mingun pagoda

Mingun pagoda

Photographer: Archaeological Survey of India

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1906

Shelfmark: Photo 1004/1(408)

Item number: 10041408

Length: 21

Width: 28.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of Mingun Pagoda at Mingun in Sagaing Division, Burma (Myanmar) from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections: Burma Circle, 1903-07. The photograph was taken in 1906 under the direction of Taw Sein Ko, the Superintendent of the Archaeological Survey of Burma at the time. Mingun, 11 km (6.8 miles) north of Mandalay on the opposite bank of the Irrawaddy (Ayeyarwady) River, is best known for its immense and incomplete pagoda begun by King Bodawpaya (ruled 1782-1819) who founded Amarapura. He intended it to be the tallest Buddhist monument in the world, rising to a height of 150 ms, but died in 1819 before it could be finished. It is purportedly the largest mass of brickwork in the world but was badly damaged in an earthquake in 1838. This is a general view of the massive pagoda, overgrown and riven with cracks and splits caused by the earthquake.

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