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Kinnari Carving from 19th C Burma

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Directory: Archives: Regional Art: Asian: Southeast Asian: Pre 1900: Item # 913678

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This large carved teak kinnari, mythical half man/half bird creature, surrounded by curving foliage was the equivalent of a hood ornament when it was perched on a two-wheeled bullock cart in 19th century Burma. With its chest thrust forward and head, wings and tail swept back, the kinnari gives the impression of speed. Kinnari and the female counterpart, kinnara, were favorite icons in the Burmese pantheon of fantastic mythical creatures. The form is found on early sandstone carvings dating back to AD 500, and often is portrayed in conjunction with other Hindu-Buddhist mythical beings such as garuda and naga. Carved on all sides, this bullock cart piece is heavy, dense native teak, used to withstand Burma’s torrential rains, hot sun and dust. This interesting piece of folk art, mounted on a metal base for display, is dramatic in silhouette or viewed against a light background. The weathered surfaces add to the carving’s appeal. One of the bird legs has been repaired, not apparent except under very close scrutiny; otherwise this late 19th century piece is in good condition. Dimensions including stand: length 20” (50.9 cm), height 19” (48.3), depth 4” (10.2 cm). SEE MORE ITEMS IN OUR COLLECTION AT WWW.SILKROAD1.COM