Nats guarding entrance to Uzina Pagoda, Maulmain
Photographer: Watts and Skeen
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the entrance to the U Zina Pagoda at Moulmein (Mawlamyaing) in Burma from the Curzon Collection, taken by the firm of Watts & Skeen in the 1890s. The U Zina Pagoda is one of five shrines and monasteries built on a ridge in east Moulmein and stands on the southern spur. The gateway in this view is flanked by two sculptures of bilus or ogres on plinths, traditional guardian figures of Burmese pagodas. Their fierce expressions and weapons underline their protective function. Behind can be seen a corner of a temple pavilion which has a corrugated iron roof, carved wooden eaves and glass mosaic column capitals.