Rangoon: Henzas on the East Side of the Shwe Dagon Pagoda
Taken from the wide platform on which the Shwe Dagon Pagoda rested, this photograph shows four wooden posts topped with carvings of birds that constituted pious offerings. Burmese art featured various birds, including the hintha, which Tripe called "henza." Usually identified as a duck or goose, the hintha appears in tales of the previous lives of Gautama. In one of these stories, Gautama takes the form of a hintha and offers guidance to a king regarding the importance of royal benevolence—appropriate to this site in Burma’s royal capital.
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.