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[Group of three Burmese dancers.]

[Group of three Burmese dancers.]

Photographer: Klier, Philip Adolphe

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1880

Shelfmark: Photo 94/2(21)

Item number: 21

Length: 22.8

Width: 18.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of three Burmese dancers, taken in Burma (Myanmar) in the 1880s, probably by Philip Adolphe Klier. In this studio portrait, the women are wearing the striped silk wrap-around skirts known as hta-mein, with ornate and flowing waistbands, and close-fitting jackets of fine muslin or cotton known as ein-gyi over bodices. They wear lavish headgear and are adorned with many-stringed necklaces. Such sumptuous dress was usually the prerogative of ladies of the court, and dancers copied the modes set by the court

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