Photographer: Jackson, J.
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of Prome in Burma (Myanmar), taken in about 1868, part of the Dunlop Smith Collection: Sir Charles Aitchison Album of Views in India and Burma. The photograph is unsigned, but is probably by J. Jackson. Prome (Pyay or Pyi) lies on the eastern banks of the Irrawaddy River in the delta region of Burma. This is a general view of the town, with the Irrawaddy beyond and the Government Offices prominent on the hillside above the town. This print also appears in volume II of H.R. Spearman's ‘The British Burma Gazetteer’ (2 vols., Rangoon, 1879-80), p.489, where it is captioned 'Prome: from the Shwe-Tshan-Daw Pagoda'; the Shwesandaw Pagoda is located on a hill overlooking the town and river. One of the most sacred of Burma's shrines, this is the Pagoda of the Golden Hair Relic, since tradition states that it was built to contain hair relics of the Buddha.