The Burmese have been fashioning objects of beauty and utility for over 2,000 years and craftsmen hold an honored role in society. Unlike in the West, the Burmese make no distinction between ‘fine’ and ‘applied’ arts. The arts of wood carving, lacquerware, and metalwork are afforded the same importance as architecture, painting, and sculpture.
There is something inspiring about a people who approach the making of everyday objects with artistic endeavor as demonstrated by this decorated wood panel.
Height: 12cm, 4.7in
Length: 45cm, 18 in
Period: 19th century
Provenance: Antique dealer, Yangon