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

The Burmese culture of structure, artwork and layout is historical, assorted and beautifully wealthy. a mirrored image of a civilization unbreached by way of eu powers for 3,000 years and prompted through 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 practice is coming to be favored by means of Western scholars of structure and design.Burmese layout and structure will deepen and improve that appreciation, for this can be the 1st booklet to seize the total span of Burmese layout, from arts and crafts to structure, from the huge pagodas of Bagan to the architectural background of latest Rangoon. overlaying either non secular and secular layout, this booklet deals specialist insights supplied by means of best archaeological specialists during this box. With 500 full-color photos, it is a significant work-and a must have for critical connoisseurs of structure, layout or Burma itself.

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The large naga, or serpent, that gives the Nagayon its name rises up to shelter the shrine containing the main image of the Buddha. The corners of the two upper terraces are marked with small manuthiha, while a massive footed dragon, or naya, borders the staircase. The early 19th-century Shwegugyi pagoda is seen in the distance, viewed from the upper terraces of the nearby Patodawgyi pagoda. The varied shrines of the Thalia Htarna monastery sit in a wooded area popular for meditation. This small rounded stupa sits well guarded, with chinthe or mythical lions at each corner of the platform and rearing nayas cascading down the stairs.

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. Its fresh painted and gilded superstructure are the result of repairs following damage to the stupa in the 1075 earthquake. The Bupaya is dated to the 9th century based on similarities to Pyu stupas. It is located at one end of the city wall that is also traditionally dated to the same period. The early 12th-century Ananda continues today as a centre of worship.

John Crawfurd had met Shwe-maong in the 1820s and his daughter Maphoon was similarly presented to members of the British Mission to Ava in 1855, who described the hair covering her face as like "the wisps of a fine Skye terrier's coat". Despite her appearance, "Poor Maphoon's manners were good and modest, her voice soft and feminine, and her expression mild and not unpleasing". Plates 1, 2 and 4 from a private collection. Religious Architecture The richness of religious architecture in Myanmar reflects the continuity of Buddhist tradition over at least the last 2,000 years.

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