Ancient Jewellry of Myanmar

by Terence Tan



From Prehistory to Pyu Period

This book on ancient ornaments is the first of its kind in Myanmar and one of the first in the region (S.E. Asia). The book covers ornaments from Prehistory to the Pyu period.

This book is a labour of love, the result of Terry’s long involvement in the field of ancient ornaments, as a researcher and artist, offering his own interpretation on the creations of ancient craftsmen in his homeland. It is Terry’s sincere wish that this book will fill a gap on this specific topic and that is may be useful to other researchers in the field of ancient ornaments from Myanmar. (Publisher: Terence Tan, Feb 2015, Pbk, pp, color illus throughout)

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About the Designer


Terence Tan


Terence’s background in archaeology, anthropology and paleontology have given him unique insights into the history of Myanmar. A historian as well as an artist, Terence combines his knowledge with his “passion to create” to make culturally representative items. Over the years he has collected an extensive array of stones and beads, many of them from prehistoric sites dating from civilizations which flourished during the Bronze-Iron Transition Period. These oblong and spherical beads along with sophisticated carved figurines, represent an important historical milestone in the development of Asian culture, and have parallels in ancient China. Terence’s jewelry collection ranges from contemporary designs which reflect his fascination with Asian youth culture, to more traditional stylings incorporating ancient stones as well as replicas of prehistoric gold ornaments.

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