Harry Tilly Descriptions of Plates

Silverwork of Burma – More Descriptions of Plates

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Another great artist was Maung Myat San and a small bowl by him is contrasted on Plate VII with the work of a present day prizeman. The photograph does not do justice to the modern bowl because much of the detail is lost in glitter but after making all allowances, it cannot compare with work of the old master, which for clearness and charm of design, accuracy of workmanship and restraint, has not yet been beaten. This bowl was probably made about the year 1860.

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Silverwork of Burma – Description of the Plates

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The first four plates are photographs of old bowls collected at the time of the Indian and Colonial Exhibition, and were originally taken for the instruction of modern silversmiths. The most ancient are Nos. 1 and 2 in Plate II which, from the style of work, are judged to date from the eighteenth century and are in low relief but have been carried to a degree of finish required firing twice.

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Silverwork of Burma – Status and Characteristics of Silversmiths

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The occupation of silversmith is not hereditary in Burma, though it often happens that amongst the members of a particular family one or two are found in each generation to have an especial aptitude for the work. Like other men, some work steadily and some fitfully, but a good craftsman is honoured by his fellow townsmen and his success is felt to reflect credit on the town.

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Silverwork of Burma – Neillo Work

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Many of the silversmiths of Burma are proficient in this art, though few are fond of it, because it entails working over a hot furnace and in sulphurous fumes. The design appears as if drawn in silver outline on a black ground. The articles made are cups, lime boxes, plates and knife handles, and are all quite smooth with a good polish.

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Silverwork of Burma – Tools and Plants

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Amongst the tools and plant of a worker in silver is an open charcoal hearth fanned by English or Burmese bellows. The latter deserves a word or two of description, as they are used in many trades. They are of all sizes, from the tiny model of goldsmith, which may be worked with the little finger, to the huge apparatus of the brass-founder, required a man to each rod.

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Silverwork of Burma – Method of Working

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The method of the Burmese silversmith can best be explained by describing the making of a bowl. The silver is melted in a flat clay saucer over a flaming fire and when purified is allowed to cool in the saucer, which serves as the mould to produce a plate, flat on one side and convex on the other, about ½ inch to ¾ inch thick. The silver plate is then gradually beaten out on a round iron anvil with an iron hammer until it is of the full diameter of the bowl to be produced.

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The Silverwork of Burma by Harry Tilly

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There are perhaps few countries in the world in which the use of gold and silver is prohibited in ceremonial worship and fewer still in which there is no religious services conducted by priests. Yet such is the case in Burma where the monks who follow the strict precepts of their Lord Gaudama are forbidden to touch gold or silver, and beyond expounding the law of their great teacher, do not preside over any religious exercises nor do they assist at a marriage or perform any last offices over the remains of the being who has quitted this scene of trial.

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