No. 9. Ye-nan-gyoung [Yenangyaung]. Balcony of a Kyoung.
Photographer: Tripe, Linnaeus
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph by Linnaeus Tripe with a close view of a balcony of the kyaung or monastery at Yenangyaung in Burma (Myanmar), showing the intricate carved decoration, from a portfolio of 120 prints. The 1855 British Mission to Burma was instructed to persuade the Burmese king Mindon Min to accept the annexation of Pegu (Lower Burma) following the Anglo-Burmese War of 1852. It was also the intention of the British to collect both cultural and practical information regarding the little known country. The mission spent a little over three months in Burma from August to early November 1855 stopping at various places to allow Linnaeus Tripe, the official photographer and the Mission's artist, Colesworthy Grant to perform their duties. Tripe declared the wood-carving on the balcony of the monastery, 'Quite Burmese in its grotesqueness'. Yenangyaung is a town in west-central Myanmar on the Ayeyarwady (Irrawaddy), long the centre of the most productive oil-fields in the country.