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Crayfish Pitcher
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

The artifact is very delicate and skillfully made by a Myanmar gold smith.

History of the Object
One of the royal artifacts returned by the British in 1964. The pitcher is in the shape of a legendary sea monster and is further embellished with a golden floral design. It is said to be a propitious symbol.

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Type
Decorative Art 
Materials
Gold 
Measurements
Diameter: 20 cm. 
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Mandalay, Central Myanmar 
Geography
Myanmar 
Time period
AD 9th century ~ AD 19th century 
Creation date
9th Century - 19th Century 
Function
Royal Regalia (Pouring luxury water for meritorious deeds). 
Acquisition
Originally the pitcher was kept as a royal artifact in Mandalay in the Mya Nan San Kyaw Palace. After annexation by the British, the royal artifacts were transferred to London. It was returned to the Union of Myanmar in 1964 from England and transferred to the National Museum in the same year. 
Copyright
National Museum Yangon 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
National Museum Yangon 
Museum
National Museum of Myanmar 
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