Variegated looking-glass shrine, Kemmendine, near Rangoon
Photographer: Jackson, J.
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph taken by J. Jackson in c.1868, part of an album of 43 views of Burma (Myanmar) from the Sladen Collection. General view of a Buddhist shrine at Kemmendine, a suburb in north-west Rangoon (Yangon). The pavilion, known as a tazaung, has a tiered roof culminating in a spire known as a pyat-that, and its facade is covered with mirrored glass mosaic in geometric and floral designs. This was an important decorative element used on Burmese temple facades, columns, and ceilings to create an impression of luxury and magnificence. Another is the ornate scrollwork of the carved wooden spandrels at the entrance to the shrine. A single cell stupa shrine containing an image of the Buddha can be seen at right.