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Pagoda near Tounghoo, Burma

Pagoda near Tounghoo, Burma

Photographer: Jackson, J.

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1868

Shelfmark: Photo 1099/(31)

Item number: 109931

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of a pagoda in Taungoo taken by J. Jackson in c.1868, part of an album of 43 views of Burma (Myanmar) from the Sladen Collection. The town of Taungoo is situated towards the northern end of the Bago Division in central Burma. It was once the capital of an important post-Pagan (Bagan) kingdom of the 15th and 16th centuries, and is now supported by the timber trade being in close proximity to mountain ranges which are sources of teak and other hardwoods. This is a general view of a small pagoda, with Burmese figures and a European standing around the structure. The pagoda is built in the characteristic shrine form of Burmese Buddhist architecture known as a stupa. It is a solid structure enshrining sacred relics, precious stones and images of the Buddha. A stupa is composed of a bell-shaped dome which narrows to a conical spire ornamented with bands of moulding. It is crowned with a metal hti or umbrella, and rests on a series of square terraces. Either a part or the whole structure is often gilded.

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