No. 11. Ye-nan-gyoung [Yenangyaung]. Chatty Manufactory.
Photographer: Tripe, Linnaeus
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph by Linnaeus Tripe of a pottery at Yenangyaung in Burma (Myanmar), from a portfolio of 120 prints. Tripe was the official photographer attached to a British diplomatic mission to King Mindon Min of Burma in 1855. This followed the British annexation of Pegu after the Second Anglo-Burmese War in 1852. Aside from official duties, the mission was instructed to gather information regarding the country and its people. Tripe's architectural and topographical views are of great documentary importance as they are among the earliest surviving photographs of Burma. Yenangyaung was a town in west-central Myanmar on the Ayeyarwady (Irrawaddy), long the centre of the most productive oil-fields in the country. This view of a pottery with thatched buildings and a pile of chatties or round earthenware pots lying in the foreground has an accompanying letterpress which states,
'Petroleum is exported from Ye-nan-gyoung (whence its name river of fetid water) in pots such as represented above'.