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    Burmese Pair of Gilded, Lacquered Dancing Figures, possibly Nats

    Burma
    circa 1900

    height (of the tallest figure, with stand): 55.4cm, width: 22cm, depth: 13.4cm, combined weight (including stands): 4,908g

    Reserved

    Provenance

    UK art market

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    This pair of dancing figures – possibly Burmese nats (supernatural figures from the Burmese Buddhist cosmology) – are of carved wood, that has been decorated with relief-moulded lacquer and gilded.

    Both have been modelled in dynamic and energetic poses. One, with the spired headdress, wears the robes of a prince and might be the Gold Nawrahta nat. He was a prince of Awa who was thrown into the Irrawaddy River in 150s, and drowned.

    There is a pantheon of 37 nats. Burmese woodcarvers produced figures of nats specifically to be placed on pagoda platforms and other places of worship.

    Each is in s fine, stable condition and are highly decorative.

    Each is supported on a custom-made, black metal stand completed to a high specification.

    References

    Falconer, J. et alMyanmar Style: Art, Architecture and Design of Burma, Thames & Hudson, 1998.

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