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Tsagain Myo: Litters under a shed.

Tsagain Myo: Litters under a shed.

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Litters, or palanquins, were used to transport members of the royal family or important monks. Their size, shape, and manner of decoration varied according to the status of the occupant. Tripe’s photograph of these abandoned litters hints at the British fascination with the ritual and regalia of Burmese court protocol.
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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