AGE: – 19th – 20th Century
CONSTRUCTION: – Teak Wood
DESCRIPTION: – Burmese Teak Wood Nat Spirit Min Lay – This Nat was originally painted with natural colours, traces of these colours can be seen under the gild, age related wear such as cracks near elbow joints
HEIGHT: – 70cm
WIDTH: – 23cm
DEPTH: – 17cm
WEIGHT: – 6.45 kg.
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This Burmese Teak wood Nat spirit Min Lay is one of a family of three nats, the mother Maw Wana and his brother Burmese Min Gyi Nat Spirit, also known as the Taungbyon brothers.
In the centre of the town of Taungbyone approximately Nine miles from Mandalay, is a small hill with a pagoda perched on top where an annual ritual is held in March each year, to honor these two Nat spirits. It is a noisy and sometimes unrestrained affair of merry-making, dancing and drinking.
Throughout Myanmar formerly Burma, there are a many Nat spirit festivals. One of the biggest festivals is dedicated to the Taungbyone brothers, Min Lay and Min Gyi. During this festival they commemorate the fable or legend of these two Nat spirits who are also sometimes referred to as the Shwe Phyin Brothers (Shwe Phyin Nyi Naung).