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An unidentified minister of King Thibaw
There was some debate about who is really a "reformist" and who is "anti-reform" in the late 1870s and early 1880s. The Yaw Mingyi U Po Hlaing and the Wetmasut Wundauk attempted to push "modernizations" in the face of opposition from the Taingda Mingyi and other "conservatives". This is a photograph, taken after the fall of Mandalay, of an unidentified minister of King Thibaw. He can be seen wearing an early version of the current Myanmar men's jacket, based on the Manchu (Qing dynasty) riding jacket.
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