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28 August 2020

 Pantin — The Art of Bronze Casting

Myanmar: Paintin – The Art of Bronze Casting, 28 August 2020. Image from Commonwealth Stamps Opinion Blog.

Technical Specifications:

Date of Issue: 28 August 2020
Printer: Security Printing Works (Myanmar)
Printing Process: Offset Lithography
Stamp Size and Format: 30 mm x 42 mm (Vertical)
Color: 4
Perforation: 14
Denomination: K200
Sheet Composition: 50 Stamps per Sheet
Quantity: 300,000 pc
Stamp Designers: Shwe Yoe Yar, Thiha Lwin (TMH

Pan in Burmese means flower. Analogously the ten arts are also known as ten flowers of Myanmar:

  • Panbe (the art of blacksmith)
  • Panbu (the art of sculpture)
  • Pantain (the art of gold and silversmith)
  • Pantin (the art of bronze casting)
  • Pantaut (the art of making floral designs using masonry)
  • Panyan (the art of bricklaying and masonry)
  • Pantamault (the art of sculpting with stone)
  • Panpoot (the art of turning designs on the lathe)
  • Panchi (the art of painting)
  • Panyun (the art of making lacquerware)

Pantin is the art making the products out of copper, bronze or brass by casting process or striking process. The main products includes triangular brass gong, gong, , cymbal, tray, bowl, umbrellas for stupas, buddha images and bells. The Mingun bell which is the world largest ringing bell until 2000 was cast by the art of Pantin.

The artisans make triangular brass gong, gong, and brass bowl for monk, weights in the shape of brainy ducks, tray, copper pot, cup bowl, cymbal, bell jingle bell and small brass gong. Myanmar’s traditional coppersmith’s craft emerged before Bagan period and it improved during Bagan and Inwa period. Every pagoda in Myanmar has bells, which were struck to tell the people of good deeds done.

They are triangular bells which twirl when struck and ring with a sweet rising and falling tone, which gradually fades away. Moreover there are gongs, slung from carved ivory or wood elephant trunks, which are prized as dinner gongs. Different sizes and shapes of bells, all unmistakably Burmese in design, are popular as souvenirs. So are other castings such as weights and cow bells.

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