Buddhist Art of Myanmar



The practice of Buddhism in Myanmar (also officially known in the English language as “Burma” from the period of British control until 1989) has resulted in the production of dazzling objects. This landmark publication presents the first overview of these magnificent works of art from major museums in Myanmar and collections in the United States, including sculptures, paintings, textiles, and religious implements created for temples, monasteries, and personal devotion. Many of these artworks have never before been seen outside of Myanmar.

Accompanied by brilliant color photography, essays by Sylvia Fraser-Lu, Donald M. Stadtner, and scholars from around the world synthesize the history of Myanmar from the ancient through colonial periods and discuss the critical links between religion, geography, governance, historiography, and artistic production. The authors examine the multiplicity of styles and techniques throughout the country, the ways Buddhist narratives have been conveyed through works of art, and the context in which the diverse objects were used. Certain to be the essential resource on the subject, Buddhist Art of Myanmar illuminates two millennia of rarely seen masterpieces.

Sylvia Fraser-Lu has published widely on Southeast Asian art and Myanmar art in particular, including books on Myanmar crafts and Buddhist monasteries. Donald M. Stadtner is the author of books on ancient Pagan and sacred sites of Myanmar. Editors: Sylvia Fraser-Lu, Donald M. Stadtner (Copublished by Asia Society and Yale University Press, Feb 2015, HC, 256 pp, H. 10 5/8 x W. 9 in ) More information on exhibition.


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