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Porch of Kyauktawgyi pagoda after repairs, [Amarapura].

Porch of Kyauktawgyi pagoda after repairs, [Amarapura].

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1908

Shelfmark: Photo 1004/2(631)

Item number: 631

Length: 14.5

Width: 20.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the porch of the Kyauktawgyi Pagoda at Amarapura in Burma (Myanmar), from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections: Burma Circle, 1907-13. The photograph was taken by an unknown photographer of the Burma Archaeological Survey.

Amarapura, on the Irrawaddy (Ayeyarwady) river, was twice the capital of the Burmese kings of the Konbaung dynasty: from 1782 (the year of its foundation by King Bodawpaya) to 1823 and again from 1837 to 1860, after which Mandalay, 11 km to the north, became capital. The vast and shallow Taungthaman lake south of Amarapura is crossed by a teak bridge two centuries old, and at one end is the Taungthaman village and Kyauktawgyi pagoda. Built in the mid-19th century by Pagan Min it is said to have been modelled on the Ananda temple at Pagan (Bagan). It has a five-tiered roof and its interior is adorned with frescoes, depicting everyday scenes and illustrations of the zodiac. The wooded area around the pagoda contains a number of smaller shrines.

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