The art of Pantain (gold or silversmith) is the art that specializes in working with gold and other precious metals. While silversmith is the work relating to making drinking bowl, receptacle bowl, prize-cup, shield, and belt; goldsmith the work if making things like ear-plug, ear-drops and ear-ring. The artisans must be skillful enough to form the metals which must be undergone many stages including filing, soldering, sawing, forging, casting and more.
Pantain is indeed something that Myanmar could be proud as this kind of art has been existed in Myanmar for the past one thousand and two hundred years. Due to the fact that workmanship of silverware belonging to early years had been passed along through apprenticeships, it is indeed something for Myanmar’s to crow about. Under the reign of King Anawrahta, the relics of Buddha and the three repositories of Buddhist scriptures were transferred from Suvunna Boumi to Bagan, the mon capital. Along with them came mon artisans and works of mon arts and crafts, gold and silverware, etc.