Lacquerware Journeys: The Untold Story of Burmese Lacquer

Lacquerware Journeys: The Untold Story of Burmese Lacquer

By: Than Htun (author)Paperback

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'Lacquerware Journeys: The Untold Story of Burmese Lacquer' is a magnificent record of both the famous and lesser-known lacquerware centres of Myanmar. Over a six-year period, the author and photographic team travelled to visit peoples such as the Gadu-Ganan in Sagaing division, or sites in Lower Burma in order to find the most beautiful and meticulous lacquerware. All types of lacquerware, whether plain black and red, elaborately gilded or intricately incised, are discussed and illustrated in over 660 photographs. The diverse and inventive shapes produced by the craftsmen of Myanmar are also recorded, together with makers' marks and other fascinating inscriptions wherever found. In addition, new research from Lower Burma focuses on and provides detailed information about the lacquerware masters of this region and their workshops. Despite popular and scholarly beliefs that lacquerware came exclusively from Upper Burma, recent research shows otherwise. The author has carried out extensive interviews with the descendants of laquerware masters still living in small villages in this region which saw production spanning a period from the 1890s until the Second World War. Furthermore, the unusual meal carriers of Rakhine state on the west coast of Burma, its masters, their names and production sites are published here for the first time. This beautifully-illustrated book goes beyond the established centres of Burmese lacquerware such as Bagan and the Shan State to document the wide diversity of these unique works of art throughout the lesser-travelled and usually inaccessible areas of Myanmar.

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About Author

Than Htun (Dedaye) was born in 1949 to a jeweller family in Dedaye. He finished the state high school education in 1967 whilst training as an apprentice in a goldsmith's workshop during the school breaks. In 1969 he was held in Insein jail for twenty months because of participating in the university student demonstrations against the government. He obtained a geology degree in 1973 from the Rangoon Arts and Science university. An avid collector of Myanmar coins, he is the author of Auspicious Symbols and Ancient Coins of Myanmar. During the political crisis of 1988, he joined the NLD party and was elected as a member of parliament for Dedaye township in the 1990 general election. While having a break from politics, he opened a small art gallery named 'Heritage Gallery' in Bogyoke Market, Yangon.


Contents: Preface; Introduction: How do lacquerware and it's colors come into being?; The resin of the htanaung tree (Acacia leucophloea) or the major ingredient of multi-colored and incised lacquerware; The resin of tamar tree (Azadirachta indica) the major ingredient of Shwezawa lacquerware; Lower Myanmar Lacquerware: Karen Lacquerware; Bago (Pegu) & Nyaunglaypin; Pyay (Prome) lacquerware; Upper Myanmar Lacquerware: Bagan lacquerware; Gadu-Ganan lacquerware; Kyaukka lacquerware; Inwa lacquerware; Mandalay Lacquerware; Nwaku Lacquerware; Lacquerware of Shan states: Laikha lacquerware; Mongnai Lacquerware; Lacquerware of Inle lake area; Keng Tung lacquerware; Laquerware of Rakhine state: Lacquerware of Mrauk-Oo and other areas; Instruments for making Lacquerware; Bibliography; Glossary; Collection Index.

Product Details

  • publication date: 24/10/2012
  • ISBN13: 9786167339238
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 380
  • ID: 9786167339238
  • weight: 2073
  • ISBN10: 6167339236

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