Decorative Mosaics in the Temples and Pagodas in Myanmar

One of the most interesting of the many art forms I came across in Myanmar was the mosaic work, which is often a mixture of small mirrors and stained glass or coloured stones that adorn the temples and pagodas throughout the country. The artform is mainly decorative and abstract, and only rarely is there any attempt at figurative work.

In the 29 photographs in this collection, and the 22 in the album on the Decorative Mosaics in the Temples and Pagodas, only three were figurative.

The work is often geometric is form, consisting of repeating patterns, which may be circular, triangular or rectangular in form, and is intricately woven into the walls, pillars and ceilings of the buildings, especially around the image houses; and is also found on the pedestals of Buddha statues and the like. It ranges in colour from the subdued to the pastel, but even very bright and startling work is found.

Included in the collection here are one or two other works which are decorative, but not mosaic in composition.

Floral, Shwedagon, Yangon
Floral, Shwedagon, Yangon

 

Ceiling, Shwedagon, Yangon
Ceiling, Shwedagon, Yangon

 

Ceiling, Shwedagon, Yangon
Ceiling, Shwedagon, Yangon

 

Celing, Sandamuni, Mandalay
Celing, Sandamuni, Mandalay

 

Pedestal, Shwedagon, Yangon
Pedestal, Shwedagon, Yangon

 

Pedestal, Kyaik-khauk, Thanlyin
Pedestal, Kyaik-khauk, Thanlyin

 

 




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