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Burmese Nat, standing figurine


Burmese Nat, standing figurine

We are unsure of the exact identification of this particular Burmese Nat (but are currently researching).

She is a Nat, from pre-Buddhist animist beliefs of Burmese people. These are a group of supernatural beings, or nature spirits, of which there is special group of 37 ‘royal’ Nats. This particular Nat probably lies outside the royal pantheon.

Nat worship sill occurs in Burmese society alongside Buddhism which is the prevalent religion. It is much more common in rural areas.

Paint on wood, with inscription on dark red base. The carving and decoration is well executed and detailed.

20.8cm high x 4.5cm deep x 6.7cm wide

20th Century.