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Clay Plaque
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

Unique historical evidence of musicians, their dress and musical instruments.

History of the Object
The images are of musicians. The earliest mention of Bago is in 850 AD. The area came under rule of the Burmese from Bagan in 1056. After the collapse of Bagan in 1287, the Mon regained their independence. From 1369-1539, the city was the capital of the Mon Kingdom of Kingdom of Hanthawaddy, which covered all of what is now Lower Myanmar. The kings of Taungoo made Bago their royal capital from 1539–1599 and again in 1613-1634.The city was a seaport and often visited by Europeans, who commented on its magnificence.

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Type
Sculpture 
Materials
Terracotta 
Measurements
Width 45 cm. Length 45 cm.  
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Bago (Ossa); Lower Myanmar 
Geography
Myanmar 
Time period
AD 16th century ~ AD 16th century 
Creation date
16th Century 
Function
Guardian Statue to prevent evil entering. 
Acquisition
The plaques were discovered at the Kyontu Pagoda in Waw Township, Bago Region in 1998 and afterwards transferred to the museum. 
Copyright
Bago Archaeological Museum 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Bago Archaeological Museum. 
Museum
Bago Archaeological Museum 
Credit line
 

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