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The paintings from Bagan are copies of murals found throughout the temples, most notably the Gubyaukgyi temple, dating from the 12/13th century depict the Jataka, or stories from the previous lives of the Buddha. Not having traditional canvas available, artists spread acrylic glue on cloth and sprinkle fine sand on it. Once it is dry they are ready to paint. The Bagan paintings are very durable and can be easily rolled.

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Bagan Sand Paintings at Gubyaukgyi temple Bagan Sand Paintings at Gubyaukgyi temple Presentation Transcript

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  • Gubyaukgyi temple was built in early 12th century in an Indian style.
  • Souvenir vendors - young and old, some as young as 6 years, are pros. But most Myanmar people are not crooks, and are fair dealers, as generally they are good Buddhist. View slide
  • You’ll notice when you visit the many temples of Bagan that there are young artists displaying their paintings on the floor. These paintings are replicas of the murals and are created using a sand technique, a particular aspect of Bagan art. View slide
  • The origin of this unique type of art follows an earthquake that hit Bagan in 1975. Prior to this, the Department of Archaeology banned the creation of carbon copies of murals, as well as photographs or video, for it was thought that these activities could damage the ancient murals.
  • However the earthquake created chaos, causing hundreds of temples and pagodas to collapse. The villagers took advantage of this disorder and began copying the temple’s murals on carbon!
  • Thus in the present day, artist’s still make a living from selling copies to tourists. The method is laborious and very skilled! Replicas of the murals are sketched on to a piece of cloth using a stylus. The cloth is then covered with acrylic glue. Sand can then be sprinkled over the cloth through a sieve but following the exact lines of the drawing. Once dry, vivid colors are hand painted on.
  • You’ll find these sand drawings in many temples in Bagan but the particularly popular pieces can be found at Gubyaukgyi Temple. Here, the interior murals are some of the most artistic in all Bagan. The paintings are reasonably priced at US$8-$15.
  • When visiting temples, there are dozens of mostly young artists displaying their paintings on the floor of temple compounds. They generally take inspiration from 700-year-old murals who adorn some of the most famous temples, such as Ananda or Gubyaukgyi, where paintings depict the life of the Buddha
  • Sand painting by Than Dar
  • Burmese Sand Temple Painting by Zaw Zaw
  • Burmese Sand Temple Painting by Ko Saw
  • Burmese Sand Temple Painting by Maungmya
  • Burmese Sand Temple Painting by Nyo Nyo
  • Burmese Sand Temple Painting by Zaw Tun
  • According to locals, Bagan's artist community emerged following a terrible earthquake in 1975. In the turmoil generated by the earthquake, which saw hundreds of pagodas collapsing, locals got access to the temples and started to copy the murals on carbon.
  • Paintings sold at temples are drawn using a sand technique, a peculiar aspect of Bagan art. It consists of sketching replicas of murals with a stylus on a piece of cloth, which is then covered by acrylic glue. Then sand is sprinkled over the cloth, precisely following the lines from the drawing. Once the glue is dried, painting is added, giving the finishing a colorful touch to the motif. It takes a couple of days to finish a largescale painting. The technique requires patience and skill.
  • Gubyaukgyi Temple, near Wetkyi-in village
  • Paintings sold at temples are drawn using a sand technique, a peculiar aspect of Bagan art. It consists of sketching replicas of murals with a stylus on a piece of cloth, which is then covered by acrylic glue. Then sand is sprinkled over the cloth, precisely following the lines from the drawing. Once the glue is dried, painting is added, giving the finishing a colorful touch to the motif. It takes a couple of days to finish a large-scale painting. The technique requires patience and skill. Murals in Buddhist temple
  • Text: Internet Pictures: Sanda Foişoreanu & Internet Copyright: All the images belong to their authors Presentation: Sanda Foişoreanu www.slideshare.net/michaelasanda Sound: Myanmar Classic Song, Young pae suu - Ohn Gyaw