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The Great Pagoda, Prome

The Great Pagoda, Prome

Photographer: Jackson, J.

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1868

Shelfmark: Photo 355/1(174)

Item number: 3551174

Length: 11.6

Width: 18.7

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Unsigned photograph of the Shwesandaw Pagoda, taken in about 1868, probably by J. Jackson, part of the Dunlop Smith Collection: Sir Charles Aitchison Album of Views in India and Burma. The Shwesandaw Pagoda or Pagoda of the Golden Hair Relic is a gilded stupa shrine sited on a hill overlooking the town of Prome (Pye or Pyay), and is reached via a covered walkway leading up the palm-fringed hillside. It is one of the most sacred of Burma's shrines since tradition states that it was built to contain hair relics of the Buddha and popular belief dates it from his lifetime. This is a slightly distant general view of the pagoda, whose conical, banded spire, culminating in a hti or umbrella, rises above the vegetation to the right. The rooftops of the town and the Irrawaddy River lie beyond. This print also appears in volume II of H.R. Spearman's ‘The British Burma Gazetteer’ (2 vols., Rangoon, 1879-80), p.670.

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