No. 43. Amerapoora. Corner of Mygabhoodee Kyoung.
Photographer: Tripe, Linnaeus
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph by Linnaeus Tripe, from a portfolio of 120 prints, with a close view of the wood-carving at the corner of a kyaung (monastery) near where the British delegation was housed at Amarapura in Burma (Myanmar). In 1855 an officer from the Madras Infantry, Linneaus Tripe, was attached as official photographer to the diplomatic mission sent from India to the Burmese capital of Amarapura. The mission's goal was two-fold: to negotiate with King Mindon Min his acceptance of British rule over Pegu, and to gather information about the country in every detail. During the journey up the Irrawaddy (Ayeyarwady) from Rangoon (Yangon) to Amarapura, Tripe produced a portfolio of 120 large views of scenery and architecture which are amongst the earliest – and finest - surviving images of this then little-known kingdom. A few years after they were taken, the royal capital was transferred 11 km upriver to Mandalay. Tripe wrote of this kyaung, 'This small monastery, near the Residency, attracted much attention from the richness of its carving and the beauty of its situation'. The Burmese are highly skilled at wood-carving, creating designs of great beauty, intricacy and fluidity.