Burmese Design & Architecture by John Falconer, Elizabeth Moore, Luca Invernizzi Tettoni,

By John Falconer, Elizabeth Moore, Luca Invernizzi Tettoni, Alfred Birnbaum

The Burmese culture of structure, paintings and layout is old, different and beautifully wealthy. a mirrored image of a civilization unbreached through eu powers for 3,000 years and stimulated by way of China to the north and India to the West, Burmese layout is interwoven with non secular, non secular and political messages. it is just now that this custom is coming to be liked by way of Western scholars of structure and design.Burmese layout and structure will deepen and increase that appreciation, for this can be the 1st booklet to seize the whole span of Burmese layout, from arts and crafts to structure, from the huge pagodas of Bagan to the architectural background of up to date Rangoon. protecting either spiritual and secular layout, this e-book bargains specialist insights supplied via top archaeological specialists during this box. With 500 full-color photos, this can be a significant work-and a must have for severe connoisseurs of structure, layout or Burma itself.

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He commented, "The Regiment is quartered in some of the numerous Phoongyee Kyoungs, or monasteries, outside the city walls on the N E. These buildings make capital barracks for the men.... The service on this day... was held in the open air outside one of these buildings... the men being paraded fully armed, as in those days it was impossible for any to say when an alarm might be sounded. 'a work of me rit', but the builders little thought that one day the Christmas Hymn, ' Hark! " King Thibaw, Queen Supyalat and her sister in Mandalay Palace, 1880s.

At some temples the squares are five cm on each side, at others as much as a foot. In still other temples, only the last ten Jatakas are shown, in long continuous narrative strips. In eras before our own, Buddhas also existed and Myanmar Buddhism counts 28 previous Buddhas. At Bagan these are often shown in a row at the top of a wall covered with mural paintings accompanied by an explanatory legend. The rich interior decoration is completed by the floral and vegetal motifs. These fill the wall spaces, the deep-set arches over windows, and the ceiling.

Brick structures at Thayekhittaya (Srikshetra, Prome or Pyay) are dated to the 5th-8th century. At the 9th-13th-century city of Bagan, the religious remains number in the thousands. Further north is the last royal capital, Mandalay. The city was founded in the 19th century, although pagodas such as the Bagan-period Shwekyimyint testify to earlier settlement. The country's most sacred image of the Buddha rests within the Mahamuni (Hpayagyi) pagoda in Mandalay. Clustered around Mandalay, on the same bank of the great Irrawaddy River, are many earlier sites.

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