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Burmese Buddhist Imagery of the Early Bagan Period (1044-1113)

Galloway, Charlotte Kendrick

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Buddhism is an integral part of Burmese culture. While Buddhism has been practiced in Burma for around 1500 years and evidence of the religion is found throughout the country, nothing surpasses the concentration of Buddhist monuments found at Bagan. Bagan represents not only the beginnings of a unified Burmese country, but also symbolises Burmese 'ownership' of Theravada Buddhism. ¶ While there is an abundance of artistic material throughout Burma, the study of Burmese Buddhist art by western...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorGalloway, Charlotte Kendrick
dc.date.accessioned2008-06-10T04:43:13Z
dc.date.accessioned2011-01-04T02:38:24Z
dc.date.available2008-06-10T04:43:13Z
dc.date.available2011-01-04T02:38:24Z
dc.identifier.otherb2339562x
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/47078
dc.description.abstractBuddhism is an integral part of Burmese culture. While Buddhism has been practiced in Burma for around 1500 years and evidence of the religion is found throughout the country, nothing surpasses the concentration of Buddhist monuments found at Bagan. Bagan represents not only the beginnings of a unified Burmese country, but also symbolises Burmese 'ownership' of Theravada Buddhism. ¶ While there is an abundance of artistic material throughout Burma, the study of Burmese Buddhist art by western scholars remains in it infancy due to historical events. Recently, opportunities for further research have increased, and Bagan, as the region of Buddhism's principal flowering in Burma, is the starting point for the study of Burmese Buddhist art. To date, there has been no systematic review of the stylistic or iconographic characteristics of the Buddhist images of this period. This thesis proposes, for the first time, a chronological framework for sculptural depictions of the Buddha, and identifies the characteristics of Buddha images for each identified phase. The framework and features identified should provide a valuable resource for the dating of future discoveries of Buddhist sculpture at Bagan. ¶ ...
dc.language.isoen
dc.rights.uriThe Australian National University
dc.subjectBurma
dc.subjectBuddhist sculpture
dc.subjectBagan
dc.subjectBuddhist art
dc.titleBurmese Buddhist Imagery of the Early Bagan Period (1044-1113)
dc.typeThesis (PhD)
dcterms.valid2007
local.description.refereedyes
local.type.degreeDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)
dc.date.issued2006
local.contributor.affiliationSchool of Humanities. Art History
local.contributor.affiliationThe Australian National University
local.identifier.doi10.25911/5d7a2a1625f52
local.mintdoimint
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