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Sein Nyet Ama Temple

Some attribute Sein Nyet Ama temple to Queen Sein Nyet of the 11th century but the style of the temple is much later. There was also a prince during Alaung Sithu’s reign (r. 1112-1167) named Sein Nyet who became a monk and some scholars attribute it to him. As there are other temples in Bagan of this period with similarities of architecture and decor, this sounds more probable. The Ama or elder sister is a temple and the Nyima or younger sister is a spire. What remains of the stucco work of the temple is delicate and ornate, of traditional motifs such as ogres clutching garlands, real or mythical birds and animals. The younger sister is a lovely spire, with the upper part having a unique design: above the bell-shaped dome is a ribbed disc of some thickness topped by a filial ridged with horizontal bands. What remains of the original stucco decoration is exquisite. The Sein nyet ama temple and Sein nyet nyima temple are a rare pairing of large monuments set within a single enclosure. Literally meaning "Elder Sister" and "Younger Sister", respectively, the monuments are oriented east-west and stand on a small hill on the east side of the road running between Myinkaba village to the north and New Bagan to the south. According to Strachan, the monuments likely date to the reign of Sithu I (a.k.a.., Alaungsithu, r. 1090-1167) and stylistically belong to the Middle Period (c. 1120-1170) of Bagan architecture. Stadtner disagrees, placing these monuments in the context of the Later Period (c. 1170-1300), noting that the west monument in particular has large openings on the sides and rear, a feature not seen in middle or early period monuments.
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