Peering inside Myanmar’s earliest stupas

Khin Ba Relic Chamber Cover lent to the Met for "Lost Kingdoms" by Thiri Khittaya (Śrī Ksetra) Archaeological Museum, Hmawza, Myanmar (Photo: Thierry Ollivier)
Khin Ba Relic Chamber Cover lent to the Met for “Lost Kingdoms” by Thiri Khittaya (Śrī Ksetra) Archaeological Museum, Hmawza, Myanmar (Photo: Thierry Ollivier)

This time-worn cover of a relic chamber is another mesmerizing work on display At the Met in “Lost Kingdoms.”   It was found inside a stupa at Sri Ksetra, a 1,500-year old site we visited in 2012.  It is in ruinous state, so much so the World Monuments Fund added it to its endangered list.  But it has lost none of its appeal for monks who come to pray in small shrines and circumambulate the towering stupas.© Lee Lawrence 2012

Sri Ksetra  when we visited in 2012 on a gray day during monsoon season
One of the surviving stupas in Sri Ksetra when we visited in 2012 on a gray day during monsoon season

And if you’re wondering how anyone ever recovered the cover to the relic chamber deep inside a brick structure like this one…
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