AGE: – Early 19th Century
CONSTRUCTION: – Teak wood with gild
CONDITION: – This is one of an extraordinary pair of Deva Nats -weather related damage to the base
Height: – 203cm
Width: – 52cm
Depth: – 36cm
WEIGHT: – 48 Kg.
Burmese Teak Wood Deva Nat Mandalay Period
This Burmese Mandalay period Teak Wood Deva Nat known as Ta-Kyar Min nat or Thanga Min Nat is a representation of Ta-Kyar Minn also known as Thanga Min, a celestial being and the highest ranking of all nats. Here he is standing on a double lotus throne with a hole in the back where a relic would have been placed.
The word Nat is often translated as “Spirit. To the Burmese they are more than that, they are an integral part of the history and culture of Myanmar. The Burmese believe that the Nats are a group of 37 spirits of people who have died a violent death and were thought to have been connected to royalty or even killed by royalty, some are derived from mythological folklore that has played a part in the history of Burma. The Burmese say, “Love the Buddha, fear the Nats.” Almost every temple in Burma has a Nat shrine on the ground level and you will see many Nat Shrines in the country side of Myanmar. Nats are lower than the Buddha, but still play an important part of the religious life of the Burmese.
The Nats are not a very pleasant lot, however there are a few exceptions such as the king of the Nats known as Thanga Min (Ta-Kyar Minn). The the main aim is to keep them out of trouble. They can be persuaded to grant favors to people as long as they are rewarded, they don’t do much for free. The king Nat Thanga Min goes around doing good deeds and preventing the actions of bad people without any reward or expectations, most of the other Nats must be given plenty of incentive.