which is more or less the same is a form of art used in Myanmar at least for well over thousand years. Wall murals and frescoes adorn many Myanmar Bagan temples; some of the best maybe around thousand years old are in the basement of the Abeyadana and Nanpaya Temple among other. It is not possible to find out exactly because the authorities closed most of them and open only to highest bribes.
tell a certain story, e.g. jakata stories from the life of the Buddha,
stories are depicted within one picture which is divided by boundaries, space is left for explanations.
The earliest artwork
are the paintings of the caves in prehistoric times.
The paints are a composition of pigments, colors, some liquid and other substances as indicated before, different places means different material used.
on the inner walls and ceiling of the Sistine Chapel and in the East scenes of the life of Buddha as in Bagan temples. These paintings are representation of perception; painters create figures and objects putting together surfaces of different color intensity. All this is symbolic all parts of the mural can have different means, like the geometry, lines of different thicknesses and characters in between.
adorn the interior of temples, not pagodas since a pagoda is a solid structure, it's such as a temple with rooms inside and this rooms are usually adorned with wall murals.
Bagan today is a small town spread over a large area, there is new Bagan with the airport and old Bagan with the pagoda and temples, but in reality this all somehow is one. The only difference is the cultural and social implications of the past, in some temples are even erotic images clearly showing Hindu influence from India, this all are great and colorful wall paintings. Considering the timeframe of more than one thousand years it's amazing that all this stands, more.
is in every temples, but not only, they have plenty of them showing everyday life and imaginations of the artists. All temples have them on religious and everyday life themes, this old frescos are also a good source to understand live about thousand years ago and this is not only in Buddhist temples but also in Churches. The frescos are an integral part of the architectural style of that time and give valuable information about the art and culture.
Buddha frescoes, wall murals Bagan.
full of history and traditions and the center of this is, from a historical point of view is Bagan. There are several other pagoda and temple cities in the country such a Mrauk U with great views into the past, this are real attractions boasting tradition
and Buddhist religion they are a must see when visiting
Myanmar. Exploring Bagan is not only from outside,
there are hidden treasures in the interiors of the temples, this are
murals and Buddha statues. Looking through this old interior opens a
feeling of mystery but the wall paintings are full with scenes of a
very real world, aside of the Buddha paintings and statues.
At some temples masonry sculptured chintes are placed in front of
the entrance as guardians. Whole Bagan actually is a open air museum
on the banks of the Irrawaddy river in central Myanmar.