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19thC Gilded Buddhist Temple Wood Carving Panel EUO135


RESERVED Over a century old, these rare antique Buddhist temple panels were sculpted from teak wood, and gilded in 24K gold leaf. The panels most likely once adorned either side of an abbot’s chair located inside the bot (most sacred part of the wat or temple), and were rescued when the larger structure became too old to be functional.

The lion-like figures on each side of the sculpture are Chinthe’ – a mystical, magical, spiritual being that stands as a guardian of Buddhist wisdom teachings. Chinthe’ are often found flanking the entrance of temples in SE Asia.

This piece is exceptional in that the sculpted detail and gilding are present on both sides – it is far more common for these wood carvings to have flat, non-gilded backs. The sculpture is structurally intact and without repairs. The two panels have been mounted on a stand for display.

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Genuine Burmese antiques of this nature are very difficult to find nowadays, especially in such good condition.


Height: 35cm, 13.8 in (panel only)
Height with stand: 40cm, 15.7 in
Width: 14cm, 5.5 in
Depth: 2.5cm, 1 inch
Materials: teakwood, 24 carat gold leaf
Provenance: Burmese art dealer
Period: Early 19th Century

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