Burmese Nat, Mahagiri, JC3.
He is Mahagiri, also known as The Lord of The Great Mountain, 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 lies within this the royal pantheon.
Nat worship still occurs in Burmese society alongside Buddhism which is the prevalent religion. It is much more common in rural areas.
Lacquered paint on teak wood with real gold leaf, on dark red base. The carving and decoration is well executed and detailed. With incised heart shape recess on headdress at rear. With age wear - see photos. Of good size.
51cm high x 13cm deep x 13cm wide