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The Forty-nine Gautamas in the Sagaing Temple
Felice Beato (English, born Italy, 1832 - 1909)
Burma (Place created)
1887 - 1895
Albumen silver print
19.1 x 24.4 cm (7 1/2 x 9 5/8 in.)
Partial gift from the Wilson Centre for Photography
Sagaing, the capital of Burma (present-day Myanmar) in the 1300s and 1500s, remained the country's center of Buddhist faith. Hundreds of pagodas, monasteries, and other retreats, including caves, are nestled in the surrounding hills and forests. In this temple there were fortynine representation of Gautama, the founder and primary figure of Buddhism.