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Germany, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Myanmar - The Golden Letter of the Burmese King Alaungphaya to King George II of Great Britain

The Golden Letter of the Burmese King Alaungphaya to King George II of Great Britain from the year 1756 is a unique attestation in world history as well as in the history of Burma and Europe in the eighteenth century and is of outstanding aesthetic value.

The content of the letter is a trade proposal from Alaungphaya to the English. By granting them a base in a favorable situation he would provide them with a strategic advantage over the rival French interest in exchange for military support against his enemies. The text was engraved on pure gold; the gold leaf decorated with 24 rubies is the sole surviving golden letter from Burma.

Photos: © Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Library

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