Gold Leaf and Terra-cotta

Burmese Crafts throughout History

by Ma Thanegi

"The first art in Myanmar, other than Stone Age cave paintings, were those with Buddhist themes on the temple walls of Bagan. "

Thus Ma Thanegi begins the fascinating journey on which she takes her readers, giving them a knowledge and appreciation of her country’s long and rich history of art and crafts.

With its carefully researched narrative and a wealth of photographs, Gold Leaf and Terra-cotta: Burmese Crafts throughout History covers:

  • The art of worship, with Buddhist symbols and images from hundreds of thousands of pagodas and temples of all sizes
  • Cave murals and artifacts from temples of the Lost Kingdoms
  • Ornaments, clothing, and jewelry from the royal courts
  • Furniture, carvings, and vessels from monasteries
  • Images of animals and other creatures from the supernatural realm
  • Silks, trays, puppets, and musical instruments for religious festivals and ceremonies
  • Containers, toys, swords, and other objects from everyday lives

Ma Thanegi
Ma Thanegi is a writer on the culture, traditions, travels and food of Myanmar and has published over twenty books and numerous articles. She was born in Myanmar and educated at the Methodist English High School and was originally a painter exhibiting since 1967 until 1998 with the last of her seven solo shows. She lives in Yangon, Myanmar.

2017; 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches; 136 pages; paperback; color images
ISBN-10: 1-934159-51-4
ISBN-13: 978-1-934159-51-4