Online exhibition of Buddhist art of Myanmar

Online exhibition of Buddhist art of Myanmar in the collection of the British Museum. Curated by Alexandra Green, Henry Ginsburg Curator in Southeast Asian Art at the British Museum.

Introduction

In the 19th and early 20th centuries, Western scholars viewed Buddhism as an austere, monolithic religion focused upon meditation and nirvana – the escape from the cycles of rebirth.   Such a portrayal ignores the realities of religious systems in Myanmar (Burma), where people combine homage to the Buddha with such activities as spirit worship, making offerings, and divination. People select these rituals according to their personal needs in everyday life, and also to form spiritual pathways to pleasurable rebirths and to help them strive for nirvana.   This exhibition draws on the British Museum’s Myanmar collections to explore how the variety of Buddhist ideas is revealed in lively daily practices.

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