Fabulous Shweku Dake Daw Gyi
Pakokku District lies on the west bank of Ayeyarwaddy River
in Magwe Division, Central Myanmar. This District is where
varieties of Myanma culture flourish in the days of Myanmar
dynasties since the pre-pyu era.
One of the culture heritages is the Shweku Dake Daw Gyi, the
ornamental backdrop of a throne, inside Shweku Gyi Pagoda in
Pakkokku. The intricate and genius work-of-art is famous not
only in Myanmar, but is renowned throughout the World. The
meaning Shweku Dake is the fabulous backdrop of a throne,
which is designed and decorated with traditional Myanmar
work of art. This work of art is one of Myanmar's ten
traditional arts and crafts and the Shweku Dake Daw Gyi was
created by purely Myanmar sculpture.
Among Myanma traditional sculpture, which is a work of art,
all specialists and professionals regard the Pakkokku Shweku
Dake as the best of it's kind. The Shweku Dake Gyi is 12'
10'' high and 5' 10'' wide and 6.8 inches thick, it is
sculptured with Yamanay wood and on five-feet wood blocks.
The eight layers of traditional works-of-art are carved. As
the wood block is 6 and eighth inches thick, it is carved in
eight floral layers, one layer is not even an average of one
Depictions on the Dake Daw Gyi are the main features of
Daywar Yaw Ha Na Jataka, Nay Mi Jataka, Tha Mi Na Jataka and
Bein Ma Tha Ya Jataka. Statues of Buddha, Arahat and Kings,
the celestial beings, the Ministers and Princess and dancers
were so superb that these statues look like real humans.
On the Dake Daw Gyi, altogether 136 human, 18 birds and
animals statues were carved right inside the eight layers on
a single block of wood amazing all who behold it. It took
four years for sculptors U Kan Gyi and son Maung Tay to
complete the work of art. The tools, the chisels and over
one hundred pieces of equipments used in sculpturing were
made by the father and the son who were well versed in
blacksmiths as sculpture and to access through inner layers
of the main sculpture required intricate equipment. That is
those who knew sculpture and blacksmith could
capture such a blend of art, which is amazing, one felt as
if they were in the midst of the hills and forests. The
characters depicting in the Dake Daw Gyi such as
three-dimensional sculpturing of the chariot drawn by three
horses in the eight-tired floral design were so lifelike. If
one were to personally visit the Dake Daw Gyi, one world
really enjoy the experience much more.