Myanmar’s traditional sculpture emerged before the Bagan period and improved in the middle of the Bagan Era. Myanmar’s sculpture is based upon Buddhism which arrived from Southern India in the 11th century A.D.
Most of the wood
sculptures of the Bagan and Ava periods have been lost and only a few are left
today. One outstanding wood sculpture belonging to the Bagan period is the one
at the old portal of Shwesigone Pagoda at Nyaung-U village Bagan.
Myanmar’s traditional sculptures are of wood, stone and plaster but today wood sculptures are the most common.