Prome, from the Pagoda
Photographer: Bourne and Shepherd
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of Prome in Burma from the Macnabb Collection, taken by the firm of Bourne & Shepherd in the 1870s. Prome (modern-day Pyay or Pyi) lies on the eastern banks of the Irrawaddy River in the delta region of Burma and is an important trading centre between Upper and Lower Burma. The ruins of the ancient Pyu capital of Thiri Kettaya (Sri Ksetra) are nearby and there are a number of ancient pagodas in the surrounding area. The Shwesandaw Pagoda is one of Burma’s most famous as it is said to contain a couple of Buddha's hairs as relics. The Pagoda sits on a hill overlooking the town and river and this photograph was most likely taken from that hill; looking down towards the wide reaches of the river beyond the forest, the rooftops of thatched dwellings and the spires of other pagodas.