customary. The jars were of a size to hold one hundred and twenty viss of oil and were glazed inside and out. They were filled with eighty viss of Sesamum oil and forty viss of mustard oil and then tightly closed. Over them were placed the corner stones of the city wall. In the centre of the square with the roads converging on it from the four main gates is a platform n feet high, 1,000 feet long, and about half as wide, on which the palace is built. It was surrounded by a brick wall and stockade 2,000 feet square, but these have been removed. Within this space, north and south of the palace, are
throne. The interesting description of the palace given below appears in Volume II. of the section of the a Imperial Gazetteer of Indiaa relating to Burma:a
a The principal throne-room, surmounted by a nine-roofed spire 200 feet high, is near the east end of the platform. In front of it is an open hall 285 feet long. Its golden roof is supported by gilded teak pillars, some of them 60 feet high. The building was repaired, and the gilding renewed, at a cost of more than a lakh, after Lord Elginas visit in 1898. The throne is approached through a gate of gilded iron open-work from a flight of steps at
were witnessed. To the east of the entrance hall is a brick building with a tank (now filled in), where the king and queen amused themselves at the annual water-festival by watching the pages and maids-of-honour throw water at each other. On the north of this is the kingas treasure chamber and a room where he held informal levees, and on the east the council-chamber where the ministers held their secret deliberations. The Hlutdaw, where they met in public for judicial and other business, was to the east of the platform and has been pulled down. Close to the council-chamber is a watch-tower, 78 feet
PALACE BUILDINGS, SHOWING WATCH TOWER.
shady pleasure gardens with lakes and grottoes. The garden on the south contains the summer-house where King Thebaw surrendered. On the east is the bell-tower where the watches were sounded, and north of it the glittering tomb of King Mengdon, covered with glass mosaic. Opposite the bell-tower, on the south side of the road, is another tower enshrining a tooth of Buddha ; and further south a small monastery of glass mosaic, on the site of an older one, where Thebaw was living in retreat with shaven head and yellow robe, in accordance with Burmese custom, when he was suddenly called to the
the back. To the west is another throne-room in which foreign representatives were received. Next in line to the west is the hall of the body-guard ; a waiting room for readers and others, with the pagesa quarters to the north of it ; another throne-room used for royal marriages ; and a lofty room with an open verandah on two sides that was used by King Mengdon as a sleeping-chamber. Thebawas queens slept in the last room of the series, when not in the royal apartments to the south. On the west of this are sitting-rooms with the usual gilded pillars and roof, and south of them a room from which plays
high, exclusive of its decorative roof, from which a fine view is obtainable. On the north side of the platform is a gilded entrance hall similar to that on the south. Both contained thrones, which have been removed. To the west of this hall are the large apartments occupied by Sinbyumashin (Lady of the White Elephant), mother of Thebawas three queens ; and here the neglected Supayagi, by right the chief queen, was obliged to live in practical confinement. Most of the buildings on the western half of the platform have been demolished ; but the beautiful lily throne-room, where the wives of officials