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Burial Urns
490/00, 659/00, 660/00
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

The urns are of great historic value.

History of the Object
One of the burial urns is in the shape of a cooking pot decorated with stipples. Another burial urn is a globular vessel with a level base and a tall, narrow, multi-ridged neck which ends in a gently flaring rim. The biggest one is decorated with glass mosaic and it has six tiers under the finial. 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 Hanthawaddy, which covered all of what is now Lower Burma. 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
Archaeological 
Materials
Terracotta 
Measurements
Height 98 cm; 35 cm. and 21 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
Containers for the ashes of the human body after cremation. 
Acquisition
The urns were found in the Kyaikpun pagoda in 2000 and afterwards moved to the Bago Archaeological Museum. 
Copyright
Bago Archaeological Museum 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Bago Archaeological Museum 
Museum
Bago Archaeological Museum 
Credit line
 

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