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Teak (Wood) 19th century Nat Spirits - 51cm

Late 19th century Min Gyi and Min Galay Nats

Product Code: SCWO10 Country: Burma Burma

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Every year in August, the Nat (Spirit) festival related to two of Burma’s most famous spirit brothers, Min Gyi and Min Galay ( Elder Prince and Younger Prince ), ritually takes place at the seven day Taungbyone nat pwe (Spirit Festival) outside Mandalay, Myanmar. These two strong, handsome and brave brothers, although notorious for their bad habits, cockfighting, womanizing and drunkenness, were favorites of King Anawrahta but viewed with disdain by other members of the court. On his return from a journey to China, King Anawrahta stopped at Taungbyone village, deciding to build a pagoda and ordering that everyone must contribute a brick for the construction.

But the sloppy two brothers were busy with drinks and girls and failed to provide their share to the pagoda construction. When King Anawrahta inspected the pagoda he saw two unfilled places and queried the culprits. The courtiers happily accused the two brothers. The King commanded them to be mildly disciplined. The jealous members of the court took the King’s command broadly and executed the two brothers and they became Nats (Spirits).

As the regretful King Anawrahta’s made his way home downstream, the spirits of the two brothers held onto his raft and would not let go. When the King enquired upon this event the two brothers appeared as spirits to the King and told him the whole story, requesting an abode of their own. The King granted Taungbyone village to be theirs.

Born on Mt. Popa, Myanmar these Nats represent two of more than thirty spirits that are an important piece of Buddhist religious practice in Myanmar.

Believed to be late 19th century the pair of statues show some signs of ‘wear and tear’ as might be expected with their age. However, no major damage is visible.

Note - The measurements provided are for each peice.

Material: Wood Dimensions (HxWxD): 51cm x 22.5cm x 19.5cm

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