Art & Culture

Pantain (Goldsmith and Silversmith)

The art of Pantain (gold or silver smith) is an enterprise of making items of gold or silver. Silver smith is the art of making drinking bowl, receptacle bowl, prize-cup, shield and belt. Gold smith is the art of making earrings, ring, bracelet, pendent and necklace. Myanmar’s traditional arts and crafts artistic creation of gold and silver wares come under the genre (ba-dain) art of making items in gold or silver. Creating silverware had been with Myanmar for the past one thousand two hundered years and judging from the workmanship of the silverware that belong to those early years. It is indeed something for the Myanmar’s to crow about. According to the crystal palace chronicles, during the reign of King Anawrahta the relices of Buddha and the three repositories of Buddhist scriptures were brought to Bagan from Suvunna Boumi, Mon capital, along with them came Mon artisans and works of Mon arts and crafts, gold and silverware, etc. Going further back into the past, we find Pyu silver works of art discovered from the mounts of old shrines of Sri Ksetra.