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07 August 2020

 Pantain — The Art of Gold & Silversmith

Myanmar: Pantain – The Art of Gold & Silversmith, 7 August 2020. Images from Commonwealth Stamps Opinion Blog and Ko Toe Philately.

Technical Specifications:

Date of Issue: 7 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. As the first stamp of the series, the stamp of Panbe is on sale on 24 Jul 2020.

The 10 arts 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)

The art of Pantain (gold or silversmith) is the art that specializes in working with gold and other precious metals. While silversmith is the work relating to making drinking bowl, receptacle bowl, prize-cup, shield, and belt; goldsmith the work if making things like ear-plug, ear-drops and ear-ring. The artisans must be skillful enough to form the metals which must be undergone many stages including filing, soldering, sawing, forging, casting and more.

Pantain is indeed something that Myanmar could be proud as this kind of art has been existed in Myanmar for the past one thousand and two hundred years. Due to the fact that workmanship of silverware belonging to early years had been passed along through apprenticeships, it is indeed something for Myanmar’s to crow about. Under the reign of King Anawrahta, the relics of Buddha and the three repositories of Buddhist scriptures were transferred from Suvunna Boumi to Bagan, the mon capital. Along with them came mon artisans and works of mon arts and crafts, gold and silverware, etc.

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