Scene at the Farm Caves [Moulmein] 4301518
Photographer: Watts and Skeen
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph from the Curzon Collection of the mouth of the Farm Caves near Moulmein (Mawlamyaing), taken by the studio of Watts and Skeen during the 1890s. Also known as the Ka-yon or Payon Caves, the Farm Caves are situated in the limestone hills that rise from the plains to the east of Moulmein, and were used as Buddhist cave temples. The rock surfaces, stalagmites and stalactites of the cave’s unseen interior are carved and decorated with religious imagery including stupas and many statues of the Buddha which stand on the bedrock of the cave floor. Rock-cut temples and cave shrines such as these are found in both Buddhist and Hindu art.