Myanmar Artwork

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Myanmar Artwork

Myanmar artwork such as old Myanmar Paintings including religious images and temple wall paintings which are usually murals got gradually more sophisticated over the century. First ideas and techniques probably came from India and during the Ava period got more and more localized including Jataka stories.

Borders and dividers between the stories are very colorful with floral and geometric designs flowing into each other. Artists of that period included contemporary views and local ideas, best seen in contemporary clothing and hair-styles.
Also animals got depicted in a more realistic way not the static pictures as before. The Ava period was a leap forward into the localization of art. This was also visible in wooden and brick architecture.

The Burmese artist's

common style was flower painting, sculptures and woodcarving. With paintings the result was a certain rhythm in the scenes with all kind of items and landscape. In depicting people the symmetry was enhanced and sometimes it looks like “wishful

thinking”.

Since often a painting

was done by royal orders (only the state had money for this, with some exceptions) reading this royal orders which escaped the destruction over time gives a view inside what was going on at state level.

E.g. an Order from 7 April 1633 assigned 500 artists to paint 'Five Hundred and Forty-Seven Jataka stories' on the inside walls of a pagoda. Seven head monks were appointed to supervise the project. During the project the artists got full provisions, and also received health care.
 

Old Myanmar Painting
Old Myanmar Painting



 
 
   
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