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[View of a pwe in progress, Burma.]

[View of a pwe in progress, Burma.]

Photographer: Klier, Philip Adolphe

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1880

Shelfmark: Photo 94/2(23)

Item number: 23

Length: 18.2

Width: 23.4

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of a pwe in Burma (Myanmar), probably taken by Philip Adolphe Klier in the 1880s. (Photographs from the same performance are in Photo album 70).

A pwe is a form of traditional Burmese performance combining music, dance and drama which was staged during pagoda festivals and by travelling troupes in rural villages. This is a view outdoors of Burmese girls in classical dance poses, wearing traditional costume and accompanied by musicians. The musicians play a variety of percussion and wind instruments which typically make up an outdoor ensemble. The circular frame in which the musician at right sits is a drum and gong instrument.

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