Monks Sariputta and Mogallana, two chief disciples of Buddha, are carved in heavy Burmese teakwood. Important to the Buddhist iconography of Burma, the two are said to have been Brahmin ascetics who were among the earliest followers of the Buddha. The figures have a long history in Burmese art, appearing beside Buddha on 12th century plaques excavated at Pagan and down through the centuries in bronzes, paintings and carvings, always accompanying Buddha. Around the late 18th century, artisans began depicting the pair on their own. This recent carving from the latter half of the 20th century shows them in the characteristic poses that have evolved for their individual portrayal. Each figure is carved from a single piece of wood except for the robe that streams out behind adding both stability and appeal to the silhouette. These flat fishtail shapes were cleverly attached to each figure so they appear seamless with the larger carving. Both monks are in excellent condition. Approximate dimensions of each monk: height 10-1/2" (27 cm), width 5" (13 cm), depth 10" (26 cm).