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Burmese Folk Art Carving of Hin-tha

Burmese Folk Art Carving of Hin-tha


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Southeast Asian: Folk Art: Pre 1900: Item # 335268

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The hin-tha, or sacred goose, an icon found in both the folk and Buddhist art of Southeast Asia, is the subject of this 19th century teak wood carving from Burma. The bird's head points skyward and it holds a small fish in its beak. A kneeling man rides in the curve of its long neck. Also called a hamsa, the hin-tha is among the many creatures that play roles in The Jataka, stories about the lives of The Buddha. It is found on sacred objects as well as everyday utilitarian items. This carving was part of a family bullock cart, a primary method of transportation in old Burma. Teak carts often were personalized with lively and imaginative carvings that usually served a practical purpose as well. This bird originally had a long pole-shaped body that acted as a brace on the cart. The piece is in very good condition and is mounted for display on a black metal stand. Dimensions including stand: height 22" (56 cm), width 8-1/2" (22 cm), depth 2" (5 cm). SEE MORE ITEMS IN OUR COLLECTION AT WWW.SILKROAD1.COM