Burmese wall painting sites from the late seventeenth, eighteenth, and early nineteenth centuries housed a specific body of material that was sufficiently relevant to Burmese Buddhist concepts, beliefs, and practices that it was maintained in a standardized format over the course of a “long” century. In these temples, biography, textile patterns, cosmology, and protective and ritual imagery located the murals within contemporary culture where repetition provided religious, social, and political authentication for the Burmese Buddhist community. This type of display created an appropriate space in which to house and honor a Buddha image or images, memorialized the Buddha, and codified a visual liturgy,...
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