1895 Print over 100 years old Mandalay 450 Temples (also available unframed)


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Antique print dated 1895.

The page is over 115 years old and in good condition.

In order to enhance and protect the page we have set in within a bespoke frame and mount.

Frame size 400mm x 370mm. available also in a 
gold frame, your choice.  RtW.175.

Entitled – Mandalay. The Four hundred and Fifty Temples. 

Below the picture an inscription reads:

Mandalay. – This town has a population of 188,000, and is 386 miles from Rangoon; the railway journey takes 23 hours.

From 1865 up till 1885 it was the residence of the Burmese King.

Rising abruptly from the flat plain in which the city is built is the isolated mound known as Mandlay Hill.

From this point of vantage the traveller may behold the city spread before him like a map, including the fort, with the palace in the centre, the temples and monuments of the once Royal city, and the great artifical lake of King Mindon.

Fort Dufferin, built to guard the palace, is a great square of a mile and a quarter, inclosed by red brick walls, 26ft. high.

On each of the four sides stand 13 peculiar and elegant watch-towers of Burman design, built of teak and freely ornamented with gold.

Outside the walls is a broad moat full of water, 100yds. wide and crossed by five bridges.

At certain seasons of the year the surface of this water is partly covered with the broad, circular leaves and beautiful pink and white flowers of the lotus plant.

The above reproduction is from a photograph of that remarkable work called the 450 Temples.

King Theebaw’s uncle, anxious that the holy books of Buddhism should be recorded in an enduring form, called together the most learned of the priests to transcribe the purest version of the commandments.

In due time the whole version was engraved on 450 large stones of uniform pattern, and these were set up in an inclosed square, after which a small domed building was erected over each, in order to preserve it from the weather.

The inclosure is about half a mile square, surrounded by a high wall with ornamental gates, and in the centre stands a temple of the usual form.

If you buy an item and then see it relisted this is because we occasionally have more than one available, each page is
original and not a photocopy.

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