Stylistic evolution of Burmese architecture and sculpture
Wednesday 8 November 2017 to 18H00
by Anne Fort, curator of Heritage, in charge of Vietnam and Central Asia at the Cernuschi Museum.
The central plain of Burma has experienced several successive waves of settlement whose cultures and languages have come together to shape an original civilization. The remains of the ancient city-states Pyu (IIIe - XIe s.) attest to a style borrowed from India and the Mon civilization. Then, the style of the kingdom of Pagan (XIe - XIIIe s.) to severe classicism will become the point of reference for the coming dynasties, at the same time that the Bamar civilization, which will give their name to the country, will take off. The style of Ava (XVIIe - XVIIIe s.) and the style of Mandalay (XIXes.) successively illustrate the aesthetic biases of the reigning dynasties.
This presentation complements the last trip organized by the Society of Friends of the Cernuschi Museum which opened the doors to Burma. Over the sites visited, the variety of styles was perceived in a chronological disorder that calls for a historical perspective.