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  Shwethalyaung Phaya

 

Myanmar

Shwethalyaung Phaya is the name of a Buddhist temple in the western part of Bago, which was formerly known as Pegu, that houses a giant reclining Buddha image of the same name (fig.).

 

The Buddha image rests its head on mosaic pillows, which at the top end are adorned with glass panels depicting illustrations of the jataka and scenes from the Buddha's life, painted on glass in reverse and then framed backward, akin to the Chinese art of nei hua.

 

  Shwethalyaung Phaya

 

  Shwethalyaung Phaya

 

In addition, the back of the base has colourful bas-reliefs, that depict the story of King Migadeikpa's (fig.) conversion to Buddhism, which in 994 AD  led to the construction of the temples reclining Buddha.

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