Myanmar Guitar Instrumental
Palace of the Lord of the White Elephant. Pavilion next to the Royal palace of Ava, former royal capital. c1855 —
Burmese Buddhist Monastery, Rangoon. Circa 1880.
I have read before that the reason some monasteries are large and some are small is because of the sumptuary laws that allow head monks that are award the size of a monastery from the level of degree they earn.
Photograph of Fytche Square, Rangoon (Yangon), taken by Philip Adolphe Klier during the 1890s in Burma (Myanmar). This is a view over Fytche Square (now Mahabandula Garden), looking towards the Sule Pagoda. The square dates from 1867-68, when a vacant, swampy site originally known as Tank Square was cleared and laid out as a public recreation ground. It was named in honour of the then Chief Commissioner of British Burma, Sir w:Albert Fytche. During the mid- to late-19th century, the British rebuilt Rangoon as a colonial city on a geometric grid plan and wide, tree-lined streets were laid out around the Sule Pagoda, establishing it as the centre of the city. The pagoda is built in the traditional bell shape of the Burmese stupa or zeidi, and is also gilded. Rangoon’s most famous stupa, the Shwe Dagon Pagoda, can be seen silhouetted on the horizon.
Photograph of a Burmese princess or dancing girl, taken by Felice Beato in c.1890. The photograph is attributed to Beato on the basis of the painted backdrop which appears in several of his portraits. It is a full-length studio portrait of the woman, who is posed holding a long cheroot and wearing an elaborate ceremonial costume. This consists of a crown and a hta-mein (wrap-around skirt) worn beneath a richly embroidered garment made of flaring panels. It is very similar to the special ceremonial robes adorned with gold embroidery, sequins, gold, silver and gems reserved for royalty and worn in the late 19th century by members of the Burmese royal family at Mandalay. As the costumes usually worn by Burmese dancers. Originated at the royal court and were based on royal dress, it is possible that she may be a dancing girl.