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Burmese Design and Architecture

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The Burmese tradition of architecture, art and design is ancient, diverse, and wonderfully rich. A reflection of a civilization unbreached by European powers for 3000 years and influenced by China to the north and India to the West, Burmese design is interwoven with spiritual, religious, and political messages. It is only now that this tradition is coming to be appreciated by Western students of architecture and design.

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Overview

The Burmese tradition of architecture, art and design is ancient, diverse, and wonderfully rich. A reflection of a civilization unbreached by European powers for 3000 years and influenced by China to the north and India to the West, Burmese design is interwoven with spiritual, religious, and political messages. It is only now that this tradition is coming to be appreciated by Western students of architecture and design.

Burmese Design and Architecture will deepen and enhance that appreciation, for this is the first book to capture the entire span of Burmese design, from arts and crafts to architecture, from the monumental pagodas of Bagan to the architectural heritage of contemproary Rangoon. Covering both religious and secular design, this book offers expert insights provided by leading archaeological experts in this field. With 500 full-color photographs, this is a major work—and a must-have for serious connoisseurs of architecture, design or Myanmar itself.

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"the true heart of Vietnam style, as described in the fine photos and thoughtful text, still emanates from the ancient aesthetic and traditions of the Vietnamese people."—Los Angeles Times

"Here's America's first in-depth history of the many layers of Burmese design and architecture. You'll see how spirituality, religion, and politics influence these beautiful buildings, be they national or secular."—From House to Home

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789625938820
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/1/1901
  • Pages: 1
  • Product dimensions: 11.18 (w) x 10.28 (h) x 1.05 (d)

Meet the Author

Elizabeth Moore is a senior lecturer and head of the department of art and archeology at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.

John Falconer is a curator at the British Library and is the author of A Vision of the Past, the first detailed history of photography in Singapore and Malaysia.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Reflections on the Past 10
Religious Architecture
Introduction 20
Bagan 26
Mrauk-U (Rakhine) 36
Ava 38
Amarapura 40
Mingun 44
Sagaing 46
Mandalay 48
Shwedagon Pagoda 52
Secular Architecture
Introduction 58
Village Houses of Bagan 64
Mandalay Palace 68
Vernacular Architecture of Inle Lake 72
Early Modern Architecture
Introduction 74
Old Rangoon 78
A Palladian Villa in Teak 80
Scottish Cottages in the Shan Hills 82
1930s' Monasteries at Sagaing 86
A Wonderland in Monywa 90
Contemporary Architecture
Introduction 94
A Renovated Mansion 96
Rattan on the Lawn 98
A Hotel by the Lake 100
An Echo from the Past 102
A Bungalow by the River 104
Medieval Spaces in Bagan 106
A Collector's Haven 108
Poolside Pavilions in Teak 114
A Country Gentleman's Mansion 116
A Princess Remembers 120
Arts and Crafts
Introduction 124
Bronzes 130
Bagan Buddha Images 132
Rakhine Buddha Images 136
Mon Buddha Images 138
Mandalay Buddha Images 140
Shan Buddha Images 142
Woodcarving 144
Stucco 152
Painting 154
Ceramics 162
Lacquerware 166
Shan Lacquerware 170
Relief-moulded Lacquerware 172
Silver and Gold 174
Manuscripts 176
Scripture Chests and Cabinets 178
Buddhist Altars and Thrones 180
Textiles and Costumes
Introduction 182
The Art of Adornment: Court Dresses 184
The Art of Adornment: Post-monarchy Apparel 188
Textiles 190
Tattoos 192
Embroidered Quilts (Kalagas) 194
The Pagoda Alley Market
Introduction 196
Shops for Religious Objects 200
Religious Offerings' Stalls 202
Spirit Shrines and Nat Images' Shops 204
Monks' Outfitters 206
Vendors of Alabaster Buddha Images 208
Astrologers and Palmists 210
Vendors of Bells and Gongs 212
Ceremonial Costumiers 214
Toy Shops 216
Marionette Vendors 218
Index 222
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