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Amerapoora: Part of Balcony on the South Side of Maha-oung-meeay-liy-mhan Kyoung

Amerapoora: Part of Balcony on the South Side of Maha-oung-meeay-liy-mhan Kyoung

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Fierce horse-headed ogres support the balcony wall of this monastery building, with small seated devas, or minor deities, within the gilded floral ornament. This elaborately carved wooden balcony, part of a complex of monastic buildings created during the reigns of Tharawadi (1837–46) and Pagan (1846–52), is considered the zenith of Burmese wood carving. Portions of the monastery were destroyed after the capture of Mandalay in 1885. This building survived until 1945.
Linnaeus Tripe (British, Devonport (Plymouth Dock) 1822–1902 Devonport)

With the invention of photography, the eighteenth-century British passion for recording exotic lands and studies of the peoples in India was given new impetus. The earliest photography on the continent dates from 1840 in Calcutta, the political center of British India. The technology for photography arrived in India quickly became popular among the local rulers-many of whom employed photographers at their courts-as well as the British who had come to make their fortunes in the colony. For both populations, the new medium replaced painting as the method for recording the local landscape, architecture, people, and important events.

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1855
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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