Panbe ( the art of blacksmith )
The art of Panbe ( black smith ) is the tempering of iron in the furnace to make necessary items. The artisans make ox cart axle. ox cart iron. tyre. scissors. hammer. adze. pickaxe. knife. hatchet. axe. digging hoe and mattock. The Myanmar’s traditional blacksmith craft emerged in the early of Bagan period (11th century A.D) and it had improved in the mid Bagan Ava and Yadanapon period. Myanmar’s traditional blacksmith craft. from Inlay region were famous in the Yadanapon period. Many types of blacksmith craft articles are available. such as military armour. weapons. file. pickaxe. mattock. hoe sword. etc. The Myanmar’s traditional blacksmith craft is very famous in the South East Asia and constitute one of the artistic wonders of the world.
Panbu ( the art of sculpture )
- Shwe-inbin Monastery. Mandalay
- Bakaya Monastery. Inwa
Myanmar’s traditional sculpture contains wood sculpture stone sculpture and plaster sculpture but more wood sculptures will be seen in many arts and crafts shops. in many cities of Myanmar. The wood sculptures are liked by many people in the world to-day.(Foods in Myanmar)
Pantain ( the art of gold and silver smith )
The art of Pantain ( gold or silver smith ) is an enterprise of making items of gold or silver. Silver smith is the art of making drinking bowl. receptacle bowl. prize-cup. shield and belt. Gold smith is the art of making ear-plug. ear-drops. ear-ring. with a screw-on back piece. finger-ring bracelet . Pendent and necklace. Myanmar’s traditional arts and crafts artistic creation of gold and silver wares come under the genre (ba-dain) art of making items in gold or silver. Creating silverware had been with Myanmar for the past one thousand two hundered years. and judging from the workmanship of the silverware that belong to those early years. it is indeed something for the Myanmar’s to crow about.
According to the crystal palace chronicles. during the reign of King Anawrahta the relices of Buddha and the three repositories of Buddhist scriptures were brought to Bagan from Suvunna Boumi. the mon capital. along with them came mon artisans and works of mon arts and crafts. gold and silverware etc. Going further back into the past. we find Pyu silver works of art discovered from the mounts of old shrines of Sri Ksetra.