By John Falconer, Elizabeth Moore, Luca Invernizzi Tettoni, Alfred Birnbaum
The Burmese culture of structure, paintings and layout is historical, different and fantastically wealthy. a mirrored image of a civilization unbreached through eu powers for 3,000 years and encouraged via China to the north and India to the West, Burmese layout is interwoven with religious, spiritual and political messages. it's only now that this practice is coming to be favored by way of Western scholars of structure and design.Burmese layout and structure will deepen and increase that appreciation, for this is often the 1st e-book to trap the total span of Burmese layout, from arts and crafts to structure, from the enormous pagodas of Bagan to the architectural background of latest Rangoon. overlaying either non secular and secular layout, this booklet bargains professional insights supplied by means of major archaeological specialists during this box. With 500 full-color pictures, this can be a significant work-and essential for severe connoisseurs of structure, layout or Burma itself.
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The temples are rich in Buddhist, and to a lesser extent, Brahmanic images. These include relief carvings, paintings, and the image at the heart of the shrine. Many of these principal images of the Buddha are brick, coated in stucco and painted. Others were finely carved from sandstone, sometimes covered in lacquer and gilt. A few are hollow lacquer, delicately created over a core. Later images may be concrete, gilded, or painted. The Bupaya stands proudly on the shores of the Irraw addy River.
With editorial offices at 364 Innovation Drive, North Clarendon, VT 05759 and 61 Tai Seng Avenue #02-12, Singapore 534167 Copyright © 2000 Periplus Editions (HK) Ltd. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced without written permission from the publisher. ISBN: 978-1-4629-0684-0 (ebook) Editor's Note: For many towns and areas, there are a number of different Burmese place names. The most obvious are Myanmar/Burma, Yangon/Rangoon, Bagan/Pagan-but there are many more. Our intention in this book has been to use the correct name for a place in its correct historical context.
One of the Bagan bulbous stupas is aptly called Ngakwe-na-daung, or "ear ornament of Nga-kywe", in reference to the plug-like earrings of the Bagan period. Traces of green glazing remain on the Nga-kwe-nadaung, evidence of a ceramic expertise that has yet to be fully documented. Another bulbous stupa, the Bupaya, has received donations over the centuries, for it also houses the guardian spirit of the Irrawaddy River on whose bank it stands. It was greatly damaged in the earthquake of 1975, but today is smooth and gilded, pristine and beautiful, but an archaeological enigma.