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No. 78. Amerapoora. Entrance of the Aracan Pagoda.

No. 78. Amerapoora. Entrance of the Aracan Pagoda.

Photographer: Tripe, Linnaeus

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1855

Shelfmark: Photo 61/1(78)

Item number: 61178

Genre: Photograph

Photograph by Linnaeus Tripe, from a portfolio of 120 prints, of the Arakan Pagoda near Amarapura in Burma (Myanmar). View looking along the roadway lined with traders' stalls towards the entrance to the wooden temple, with a stone chinthe (the leogryph or Burmese temple guardian figure), to the left of the building. Tripe wrote, 'One of the most frequented of the Amerapoora temples. The approach is a perfect bazaar. Inside the gate there is a gallery erected by a former king for inscribed stones collected from Tsagain, Pugahm, San-ku, and other places'. The Mahamuni Pagoda, also called the Rakhaing Pagoda, is located 3 kms south of Mandalay on the way to Amarapura and was built in the late 18th century by King Bodawpaya. A century later it burned down to the ground and was rebuilt. In 1855 a British mission was sent to King Mindon Min of Burma to negotiate a settlement regarding Pegu, annexed by the British following the Second Anglo-Burmese War in 1852. Linnaeus Tripe was the official photographer on this mission, his pioneering architectural and topographical views of the country are an important photographic record.

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