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Pair of Polychromed Wooden Temple Figures - AM.0131
Origin: Burma
Circa: 1800 AD to 1900 AD
Dimensions: 48" (121.9cm) high
Collection: Asian Art
Style: Mandalay
Medium: Wood


Location: Great Britain
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The Mandalay Period represents the last great cultural flourishing of Burmese art. The period was named after the city of Mandalay, which served as capital of Myanmar for a brief period (1860-1885 A.D.) during the reign of King Mindon. After the Anglo-Burmese Wars, northern Myanmar was shut off from the coastal areas that were controlled by the British. King Mindon founded the new capital at a sacred site at the foot of a large hill. The center of the city was designed in the perfect geometrical form of a Buddhist Mandala, giving the city its name. Although this short-lived kingdom finally fell to the British forces in 1886 A.D. during the Third Anglo-Burmese War, the Royal Guilds that created such remarkable works of art for the King remained in the city where they continued to produce sculptures in the Mandalay style. - (AM.0131)

 

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