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Bronze Chinthei Mythical Lion Protector

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Directory: Archives: Regional Art: Pre 1920: Item # 754025

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A lion-like creature revered both as a Buddhist guardian and as the symbol for success in new endeavors, this bronze Burmese chinthei is an especially imaginative version of the leogryph seen throughout Southeast Asia and India. In Burma, entrances to most Buddhist pagodas and temples are protected by pairs of chinthei, and the mythical creatures adorn ceremonial lacquer pieces, bells, banners and plaques. The Burmese chinthei also is presented and displayed to confer success on new ventures, and serves as symbolic animal for the third day of the week as well. This bronze chinthei has fierce aspects--extra sets of fangs jutting out the sides of his open jaw and down his chin, large clawed feet backed with talons--but the fierceness is softened by big eyes and wing-like appendages on his head, tail and legs. Nice detailing defines the mane and tail. This early 20th century piece is in excellent condition. Its weight is 10 pounds. Dimensions: height 11" (28 cm), length 10-1/2" (27 cm), width 6" (15 cm).