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'Taunbyon Nat', Statue of the Sprit [replica]
H0210082, H0210083
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

Chosen and explained by Katsumi TAMURA "Spirit Cult Embraced by History". King Anawyahta was the first to unify the whole of Burma in the 11th century, and he also built the Shwezigon Pagoda. Within its walls he kept a collection of spirits’ statues of the ‘Thirty-Seven-Nat’, which were worshiped throughout the country. These replica statues, the Taunbyon Brothers, are the most popular ones.

History of the Object
Burma (now Myanmar) is considered to be a gift of the Ayeyarwady (Irrawaddy) River. The capital of the first Burmese Empire is Bagan (Pagan), which has the ruins of numerous pagodas and monasteries, was built on this large river, and remains the cradle of Burmese culture to this day.

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Type
Sculpture 
Materials
wood 
Measurements
Width around 40 cm. Height around 125 cm. Length around 26 cm.  
Creator name
Burmese 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Union of Myanmar 
Geography
Myanmar 
Time period
AD 21th century ~ AD 21th century 
Creation date
21st Century 
Function
religious object 
Acquisition
Collected in 1996 
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
National Museum of Ethnology, Japan (Minpaku) 
Museum
National Museum of Ethnology 
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