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Thayawade Pagoda, [Tharawade Temple at Thiriyapyitsaya, Pagan].

Thayawade Pagoda, [Tharawade Temple at Thiriyapyitsaya, Pagan].

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1907

Shelfmark: Photo 1004/2(518)

Item number: 518

Length: 14.8

Width: 20.8

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the Tharawade Pagoda in Pagan (Bagan), 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. The temple with its Bodh Gaya style (after Indianised models) of shikara or stupa superstructure, dates from Pagan's Late Period, 12th-13th century.

Pagan is one of the most spectacular sites not only in Burma but in Southeast Asia. Its unique collection of ruins spreads over 40 square kilometres beside the Ayeyarwaddy (Irrawaddy) River. There are thousands of stupas and temples, large and small. Evidence shows that Pagan was inhabited almost 2,000 years ago, but these buildings date from a fervour of construction spanning 250 years from the mid-11th century. The great King Anawrahta, who ruled from AD 1044 to 1077, built some of its greatest monuments, making it a major centre of Theravada Buddhism.

Kublai Khan's Mongols purportedly ransacked it in the 13th century, but the causes for the decline of this city-state from about the 14th century is debated by scholars.

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