New PDF release: Burmese Design & Architecture

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

ISBN-10: 0794604633

ISBN-13: 9780794604639

The Burmese culture of structure, paintings and layout is historic, varied and fantastically wealthy. a mirrored image of a civilization unbreached through ecu powers for 3,000 years and stimulated via China to the north and India to the West, Burmese layout is interwoven with religious, spiritual and political messages. it is just now that this practice is coming to be favored by means of Western scholars of structure and design.Burmese layout and structure will deepen and increase that appreciation, for this is often the 1st ebook to catch the whole span of Burmese layout, from arts and crafts to structure, from the huge pagodas of Bagan to the architectural history of latest Rangoon. overlaying either spiritual and secular layout, this booklet deals specialist insights supplied by way of top archaeological specialists during this box. With 500 full-color images, this can be a significant work-and a must have for severe connoisseurs of structure, layout or Burma itself.

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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. The overall effect is sumptuous as if the temple is swathed in textiles and carpets.

For example, at the 11th-century Nanpaya and other early temples, a pyat-that surmounts the windows. At later temples, monasteries and palaces, the pyat-that recurs again and again. The number of tiers of a pyat-that varies, but is always uneven. In monastic compounds (kyaung) the pyat-that crowns the room housing the main image, while in palace architecture it crowned not only images of the Buddha but throne rooms of the king. It is recognized as the hallmark of monastery architecture, and is seen in countless examples from the massive Bagaya kyaung at Ava to the many monasteries (excluding the Atumashi) of Mandalay.

These are: the Buddha's birth; his enlightenment; the first sermon; the twin miracles; the descent from Tavatimsa heaven; the Parileyyaka retreat when the Buddha is honoured by an elephant and a monkey; the taming of the Nalagiri elephant; the Buddha's death and ascent or Parinirvana. The 550 previous lives of the Buddha are also depicted. Each is framed in a square with a schematic representation of the story elements. The size of the rows of Jatakas varies. At some temples the squares are five cm on each side, at others as much as a foot.

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