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Art and architecture in Pakhan Gyi during the Monarchical days
- In writing this dissertation on the "Art and Architecture in Pakhangyi during themonarchical days", every conceivable aspect has been covered, and the dissertation is divided into four chapters. In writing the First Chapter, the artifacts and implements of Neolithic age period, the religious edifices and wall paintings are mainly used as evidences to show the development of Pakhangyi region as one of the main centers of Myanmar civilization other than Bagan and other places of cultural interest. The First Chapter asserts the historical and cultural legitimacy of the Pakhangyi region by presenting its visible facets of successive periods starting from the stone age: stone implements, how the very term Pakhangyi emerge, the oldest villages, the massive city wall, how the city was rebuilt five times, the quality of bricks used and the pattern of brick bonding, water supply system, agriculture and the region’s inhabitants. In the chapter on Stupas and Cave Temples, about over fifty edifices, from the existing about 200, are detailed with supporting photographs and drawings of ground plans from the viewpoint of art history and architecture. And on wall paintings, ceiling and wall paint ings of eighty cave temples are presented in detail with photographs and drawings and with comments comparing with paintings from Bagan, Sagaing and Khin Mon village. Finally on iconography, many images from stupas, cave temples and from Pakhangyi Museum totalling over 50 statues are recorded, commented and compared so as to make clear the scholarly aspects and Dhamma message these icons aim to convey to the devotees who visited the noble places to fulfill their spiritual yearnings. And in writing this dissertation every effort has been made to meet the requirements of historicity by basing mainly on the primary sources.