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Photograph - Manuthiha, Guardian at the Shwe-Dagon Pagoda
  • Manuthiha, Guardian at the Shwe-Dagon Pagoda
    McCosh, John Dr, born 1805 - died 1885
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Manuthiha, Guardian at the Shwe-Dagon Pagoda

  • Object:

    Photograph

  • Place of origin:

    Burma (photographed)

  • Date:

    1852 (photographed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    McCosh, John Dr, born 1805 - died 1885 (photographer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    calotype

  • Museum number:

    85300

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

A manuthiha is a seated creature with a human head and the body of a lion. Believed to ward off danger, they are sometimes found guarding the corners of a pagoda. The Shwe-Dagon Pagoda,where this is one of many such figures, is dated to about 600 AD.

John McCosh was a doctor and amateur photographer stationed in Burma during the Anglo-Burmese War of 1852. This rare photograph is one of the earliest surviving images of the region.

Physical description

This photograph shows a European man in uniform standing infront of a manuthiha, a seated creature with a human nead and the body of a lion.

Place of Origin

Burma (photographed)

Date

1852 (photographed)

Artist/maker

McCosh, John Dr, born 1805 - died 1885 (photographer)

Materials and Techniques

calotype

Dimensions

Height: 15.8 cm image, Width: 12.7 cm image, Height: 33.2 cm mount, Width: 26.8 cm mount

Descriptive line

'Corner of great Pagoda' by John McCosh, calotype, Burma, 1850s

Labels and date

Manuthiha, Guardian at the Shwe-Dagon Pagoda
Rangoon (Yangon), About AD 600
By John McCosh (1805–85)

A manuthiha is a seated creature with a human head and the body of a lion. Believed to ward off danger, they are sometimes found guarding the corners of a pagoda. John McCosh was a doctor and amateur photographer stationed in Burma during the Anglo-Burmese War of 1852. This rare photograph is one of the earliest surviving images of the region. [60 words]

Albumen print, 1852–3
Museum no. 85,300 []

Techniques

Calotype

Subjects depicted

Buddhism

Categories

Photographs; Buddhism

Collection

South & South East Asia Collection

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