Burmese Silver Art is the first major book ever to be published on Burmese silver from the 19th and early 20th centuries. Author David Owens tells the story of Burmese silversmiths, how and why they produced what they did, and offers many insights into the meaning of the motifs and stories shown in their work.
The aesthetic and functional work of the silversmiths is characterised by a unique decorative style and superb technical artistry. Owens shows how many of the artefacts are embellished with mysterious visual narratives drawn from ancient religious and mythological sources, communicating spiritual beliefs and values that resonate to this day.
Burmese Silver Art is superbly produced and well illustrated with page after page of large photographs of extraordinary clarity. It is highly recommended for collectors, curators, and those with an interest in history and material culture.
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