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  gold beater (gold leaf production)

 

Myanmar

A gold beater in Mandalay hammering on pure 24 karat gold, flattening it to ultra thin leaves (fig.), that are referred to as gold leaf. Genuine gold leaves are typically used to decorate artifacts, such as gilded lacquer (fig.). To measure the passage of time while beating gold, the workers make use of a coconut clepsydra (fig.), here seen in the bottom left corner.