Splendour in Wood: The Buddhist Monasteries of Burma
Illustrated with sketches of floor plans, architectural details of monasteries and photographs of significant features, this book introduces the reader to the beauty and genius of Burmese craftsmanship, as expressed in the construction and embellishment of Buddhist wooden monasteries. Burmese wooden monasteries and related pavilions have not received the scholarly attention they deserve. This is unfortunate given the ephemeral nature of wood in a damp, tropical climate, with voracious insect life and the ever-present risk of floods, fire and earthquakes.
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abbot Above-left Above-right Amarapura architecture Aung balustrades Bassein baw-ga-hsaung Buddha Buddha image Buddhist building built Burma Burmese carved ceiling century construction corner decoration Department of Archaeology depicting deva donations donor door dormitory du-yin eastern edifice effigies embellished Figure floor floral gable gilded glass mosaic hpaya-hsaung hsaung hsaung-ma-gyi Hsaya Hsaya-daw Inle Lake Jataka King Min-don kinnari Kon-baung Kyaung Taik lacquer located lotus main room hsaung-ma-gyi Mandalay Mandalay Hill masonry masonry staircases Maung merit monastic monks motifs Moulmein north side novices open-work ordination hall ornament Pagan Pagoda painted Pakokku palace Pali panels pavilion Photograph 1985 pillars Plate platform pyathat pyathat-hsaung Rangoon refurbished relief religious royal Sa-le Sagaing Hills Sagu Sangha sanu-hsaung Shan shrine room Shwei Shwei-gyin Shwei-nan-daw Kyaung south side stairway storeroom style supported surmounted surrounding tazaung teak Thaton thein tiered roofs veranda village wall Win Maung wood wood-carving wooden monasteries Yok-son Kyaung zayat zei-ta-wun roofs