Burmese Nat, standing figure, JC1.
He is possibly 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. It is also possible he is a decorative figure rather than a Nat.
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, on dark red base. The carving and decoration is well executed and detailed. With age wear - see photos.
35cm high x 6cm deep x 9cm wide