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Author Fraser-Lu, Sylvia.

Title Burmese crafts : past and present / Sylvia Fraser-Lu
Published Kuala Lumpur ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1994


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 MELB  709.591 Fra/Bcp  DUE 17-03-24
Description xiv, 371 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 29 cm
Contents 1. Introduction. Setting the Scene. Foundations of Artistic Traditions. Historical Background -- 2. The Temple and Pagoda Arts of Brick, Stone, Stucco, and Tempera. The Hindu-Buddhist Cosmos. The Pyu Legacy. Pagan, Burma's Golden Age. The Ava Period. The Kon-baung Period -- 3. Wood and Ivory. Wooden Architecture. Wood-carving. The Colonial Era. Ivory and Other Materials -- 4. Bronze, Iron, and Associated Metals. A Fascination for Metals. Early Metal Finds. Casting in Bronze and Brass. Sheet Metal. Knives and Swords -- 5. Precious Metals and Jewellery. Historical References. The Kon-baung Period. The Colonial Era and Beyond -- 6. Ceramics: Pottery and Plaques. Early Ceramic Wares. Votive Tablets. Ceramic Plaques. Post-Pagan Ceramics. The Colonial Era and Beyond. A Note on Glassware -- 7. Lacquer. Origins of Burmese Lacquerware. The Lacquer Process. Lacquerware Forms. Incised Lacquer. Gold Lacquer. Relief-moulded Lacquer and Inlaid Glasswork. Dry Lacquer. Lacquer Centres
8. Textiles and Costume. Early Textiles and Clothing. Burmese Textiles on the Eve of Colonization. The Colonial Era and Beyond. Post-Independence -- 9. Palm and Bamboo. Books. Umbrellas and Fans. Paper Crafts. Matting and Baskets -- 10. Conclusion. Post-Second World War
Summary In this work, the author introduces the reader to the scope and beauty of Burmese crafts by exploring the historical background, the foundations of Burma's artistic traditions, and the temple and pagoda arts of brick, stucco, sculpture, and painting, before embarking on a systematic survey of the development and evolution of Burma's major crafts, such as bronze and ironwork, wooden architecture, wood-carving, gold, silver, and jewellery, ceramics, lacquer, textiles and costume, books, paper, baskets, mats, and umbrellas
Analysis Burma
Decorative arts History
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 338-358) and index
Subject Art objects -- Burma.
Buddhist art objects -- Burma.
Art, Burmese.
Decorative arts -- Burma.
LC no. 93033770
ISBN 0195886089