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Burmese Collection

Background imageBurmese Collection: Chindits crossing the Great Chindwin River, Burma

Chindits crossing the Great Chindwin River, Burma
Chindits and their horses crossing the Great Chindwin River, Burma in light ferry boats, the horses alongside!

Background imageBurmese Collection: Indian Rice Merchants, Rangoon, Myanmar (Burma)

Indian Rice Merchants, Rangoon, Myanmar (Burma)
Indian Rice Merchants (Lakhmichand Manikchand) in Rangoon, Myanmar (Burma) - note the slightly cheeky bit of advertising by the Insurance Broker in the front row

Background imageBurmese Collection: Women of the Red Karen - Myanmar

Women of the Red Karen - Myanmar
Two women of the Red Karen (Kayah) also known as Karenni - a subgroup of the Karen people, a Sino-Tibetan people living mostly in Kayah State of Burma (now Myanmar). Date: circa 1910s

Background imageBurmese Collection: Burma (Myanmar) - Traditional Costume (2 / 4)

Burma (Myanmar) - Traditional Costume (2 / 4)
Burma (Myanmar) - Traditional Costume (2/4) Burmese courtship - a young man wearing a headscarf holding a large cigar chats up a coy young Burmese girl, leaning against a palm tree

Background imageBurmese Collection: Burma (Myanmar) - Traditional Costume (3 / 4)

Burma (Myanmar) - Traditional Costume (3 / 4)
Burma (Myanmar) - Traditional Costume (3/4) A Burmese man and his girl, with whom he converses over a low stone wall, whilst holding onto her hand

Background imageBurmese Collection: Thatthe Mokgo Hpaya Pagoda in Nuang U, Bagan, Myanmar

Thatthe Mokgo Hpaya Pagoda in Nuang U, Bagan, Myanmar
Cyclist at Thatthe Mokgo Hpaya Pagoda in Nuang U, Bagan, Myanmar (Burma) Date: 2016

Background imageBurmese Collection: Bren Gunner, 7th Gurkha Rifles, Burma, 1944 (c)

Bren Gunner, 7th Gurkha Rifles, Burma, 1944 (c)
Photograph: A well-concealed Bren Gunner of the 7th Gurkha Rifles amongst the thick foliage of the Burmese jungle, 1944 (c)

Background imageBurmese Collection: Infantrymen of the U. S. Mars Task Force - 1944

Infantrymen of the U. S. Mars Task Force - 1944
Infantrymen of the U.S. Mars Task Force unit attack Japanese troops in the Burma Road Sector, 80 miles north of Lashio

Background imageBurmese Collection: Burma (Myanmar) - Traditional Costume (1 / 4)

Burma (Myanmar) - Traditional Costume (1 / 4)
Burma (Myanmar) - Traditional Costume (1/4) The legendary Po Sein (1877-1952), Father of the Burmese Theatre - actor and innovative entertainer

Background imageBurmese Collection: A portrait of the American dancer Ruth St Denis, 1929

A portrait of the American dancer Ruth St Denis, 1929 in her Burmese dance seen during a long period of performances in California Date: 1929

Background imageBurmese Collection: Havelock conducting divine worship in a Burmese pagoda

Havelock conducting divine worship in a Burmese pagoda
Sir Henry Havelock (1795-1857) during the First Anglo-Burmese War (1824-1826), concerned about the spiritual welfare of his men, conducting divine worship in a Burmese pagoda. Date: circa 1820s

Background imageBurmese Collection: Stafford Cripps - Independence of Burma

Stafford Cripps - Independence of Burma
Sir Stafford Cripps attends a celebration to mark the granting of the Independence of Burma in 1948. 1948

Background imageBurmese Collection: Battery firing at Japanese positions - Burma

Battery firing at Japanese positions - Burma
A Battery commanded by Major O.T. Hackett fires a 3.7 Howitzer (light artillery) at Japanese positions in the Burma Hills - circa 1945. The Battery is itself under fire

Background imageBurmese Collection: Burmese Harp

Burmese Harp
The Burmese Harp, an easily portable instrument, featured in a memorable Japanese film, The Burmese Harp Date: 19th century

Background imageBurmese Collection: Burmese Monks Begging

Burmese Monks Begging
A group of monks pass through a Burmese village, begging for food, which two small children carry for them

Background imageBurmese Collection: Taunton, Somerset - Fore Street and Burma War Memorial

Taunton, Somerset - Fore Street and Burma War Memorial (Burmah Cross) Date: 1902

Background imageBurmese Collection: Burmese lady and her attendants, Burma, Myanmar

Burmese lady and her attendants, Burma, Myanmar
Vintage 19th century photograph: a Burmese lady and her attendants, Burma, British India, Myanmar. c.1890 s

Background imageBurmese Collection: Young Burmese woman with mangoes, Burma

Young Burmese woman with mangoes, Burma, India, c.1890, Myanmar

Background imageBurmese Collection: Vera Mirova in her snake dance, 1928

Vera Mirova in her snake dance, 1928
Vera Mirova, who specialises in authentic oriental (from Burma, Java, Japan and East India) dances, in her snake dance, 1928 which she was performing in New York Date: 1928

Background imageBurmese Collection: Sketches of the Chin-Lushai expedition. Capture of Lalshimas village by the Cachar

Sketches of the Chin-Lushai expedition. Capture of Lalshimas village by the Cachar Military Police under Lieutenant Cole. Date: 1890

Background imageBurmese Collection: Mompunga, a Lushai chief, and Mr. Murray, political agent, taking the oath of friendship

Mompunga, a Lushai chief, and Mr. Murray, political agent, taking the oath of friendship, which appears to involve spearing an unsuspecting cow. Date: 1890

Background imageBurmese Collection: Burma Pavilion, British Empire Exhibition, Wembley

Burma Pavilion, British Empire Exhibition, Wembley. Date: 1924

Background imageBurmese Collection: Trooping the Colour - the Queens last ride

Trooping the Colour - the Queens last ride
Queen Elizabeth II riding at the Trooping the Colour ceremony for the last time in 1986 on her horse Burmese. 1986

Background imageBurmese Collection: H. M. S. Mariner (M380) - Algerine-class minesweeper

H. M. S. Mariner (M380) - Algerine-class minesweeper
H.M.S. Mariner (J380 - later M380) - reciprocating engine-powered Algerine-class minesweeper - commissioned in 1944, built by Port Arthur Shipbuilding Co. Port Arthur. Date: circa 1950s

Background imageBurmese Collection: Shwedagon Pagoda Southern entrance, Southern entrance

Shwedagon Pagoda Southern entrance, Southern entrance
The Southern entrance to the Shwedagon Pagoda (Shwedagon Zedi Daw), Yangon, Myanmar. Date: circa 1930s

Background imageBurmese Collection: Evening School, Burmese prison, illustration of prisoners

Evening School, Burmese prison, illustration of prisoners
Evening School in a Burmese prison, illustration showing prisoners seated on the floor, reading from books, with two teachers. From an article, The Burman in Durance'. Date: 1895

Background imageBurmese Collection: Ex-Judge Moung Oon, Rangoon, Burma

Ex-Judge Moung Oon, Rangoon, Burma
The ex-Judge Moung Oon (C.I.E.), Rangoon, Burma (Myanmar). He is seen wearing traditional Burmese attire, and with his Companion of the Most Eminent Order of the Indian Empire (C.I.E)

Background imageBurmese Collection: Riverboat, Rangoon, Burma

Riverboat, Rangoon, Burma
A group of half-naked Burmese people travel in a boat down a river in Rangoon, Burma (Myanmar). Today the region is known as Yangon, as is the river that runs through it. Date: 1885

Background imageBurmese Collection: Burmese Woman Smokes, Rangoon

Burmese Woman Smokes, Rangoon
A portrait of a Burmese woman smoking a weed in Rangoon, Burma (Myanmar). Smoking was an incredibly popular pastime in Burma at the time, with even children starting from a young age

Background imageBurmese Collection: King Theebaw of Burma's Pagoda, Mandalay

King Theebaw of Burma's Pagoda, Mandalay
A view of the pagoda of King Theebaw Min (also Thibaw or Thebaw) of Burma, during the British military expedition there. Theebaw was the last king of Burma

Background imageBurmese Collection: Burmese Tug of War

Burmese Tug of War
Depiction of a game of tug of war in Burma (Myanmar). In Burma, tug of war has important cultural origins - it is used both as a sort of raindance

Background imageBurmese Collection: Part of Platform, Shwe Dagon Pagoda, Rangoon, Burma

Part of Platform, Shwe Dagon Pagoda, Rangoon, Burma Date: 1920s

Background imageBurmese Collection: Myanmar - Traditional Funeral Car of a Burmese Monk

Myanmar - Traditional Funeral Car of a Burmese Monk, featuring a Pyatthat (pyathat), the multi-tiered and spired roof seen on temples and pagodas throughout Myanmar. Date: circa 1905

Background imageBurmese Collection: Burmese women rolling leaf tobacco into cigars. Date: 1908

Burmese women rolling leaf tobacco into cigars. Date: 1908

Background imageBurmese Collection: BURMESE DEAD HONOURED

BURMESE DEAD HONOURED
Honouring the spirits of the dead in a Burmese (Myanmar) village. Date: 1909

Background imageBurmese Collection: BURMESE FUNERAL

BURMESE FUNERAL
A cheerful funeral among the Karen people of Burma (Myanmar) where death is perceivced as something to be celebrated lightheartedly. Date: 1909

Background imageBurmese Collection: Burmese dancers Date: 1916

Burmese dancers Date: 1916

Background imageBurmese Collection: Burmese snake charmers Date: 1916

Burmese snake charmers Date: 1916

Background imageBurmese Collection: Defeat of the Retrievers of the Kings Glory, Melloon, Burma

Defeat of the Retrievers of the Kings Glory, Melloon, Burma, during the First Anglo-Burmese War (1824-1826). Date: 1826

Background imageBurmese Collection: Cremation of a Burmese Buddhist monk, pongyi

Cremation of a Burmese Buddhist monk, pongyi
Vintage 19th century photograph: cremation of a Burmese Buddhist monk or pongyi on an elaborate funeral pyre, fire. See our other images of different stages of the process

Background imageBurmese Collection: Albert Craig, the so-called Surrey Poet, a well-known character who would recite poetry

Albert Craig, the so-called Surrey Poet, a well-known character who would recite poetry he had composed at cricket and football matches and sell printed sheets of his poems, and the Burmese dwarf

Background imageBurmese Collection: Burmese court officials to the Emperor

Burmese court officials to the Emperor. Chief minister and counsellor (Woongee, Woondock) at left, privy counsellor and first secretary (Attawoon and Sere Dogee) and rhahaan or priest with fan

Background imageBurmese Collection: Burmese advert in Chinese for Tiger Headache Cure

Burmese advert in Chinese for Tiger Headache Cure
Burmese advert for Tiger Trademark Headache Cure - Take immediately for headache and tooth for a fast cure. Produced by Eng Aun Tong (Yong An) in Rangoon Burma (Yangon)

Background imageBurmese Collection: Elephant lifting wooden logs - Rangoon, Burma

Elephant lifting wooden logs - Rangoon, Burma
circa 1910s

Background imageBurmese Collection: RACIAL / BURMA WOMEN 19C

RACIAL / BURMA WOMEN 19C
Four Burmese women Date: 19th century

Background imageBurmese Collection: BURMESE MUSICIANS 1861

BURMESE MUSICIANS 1861
An elaborately equipped sextet perform at a funeral at Rangoon : most of their instruments are percussion, two sets being housed in playpen-like rings. Date: 1861

Background imageBurmese Collection: Funeral ceremony of a TALAPOIN

Funeral ceremony of a TALAPOIN
The funeral ceremony of a TALAPOIN, a Burmese Buddhist monk Date: circa 1830

Background imageBurmese Collection: Gold stupa of the Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon, Myanmar

Gold stupa of the Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon, Myanmar Date: 2016



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