AGE: – 19th – 20th Century
CONSTRUCTION: – Marble
DESCRIPTION: – Unique Pair Burmese Marble Guardian Lions Chinthe
HEIGHT: – 22.5cm
WIDTH: – 14.5cm
DEPTH: – 18.5cm
WEIGHT: – 8.55 kg each
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A Unique Pair Burmese Marble Guardian Lions Chinthe, with very fine detail and excellent carving. This pair was sourced from the same area as this Shan marble Buddha statue in the northern Shan States near the border between Thailand, China and Burma and shows a mixture of Thai, Chinese and Burmese influence.
Usually the Burmese Chinthe does not show the foot resting on a ball, this pose is more often found in Chinese Guardian lions. The face is typical of a Burmese Chinthe, the red paint around the mouth, eyes and toes and a coating of lacquer is typically Burmese style.
The Chinthe, lion like creatures are often seen in pairs in Burma guarding the entrance to temples or monasteries and in China and Thailand are they are often seen at the entrance to pagodas or temples. They are used symbolically on the royal thrones of Burma and like all mythical creatures there is a myth/story behind them.
The story behind the Burmese Chinthe:
A princes gave birth to a son through her marriage to a lion, she later left the lion who became extremely angry and terrorised the country. The son of the princess set out to slay the lion, whereupon he returned to his mother telling her that he killed the lion, after this he found out the lion was actually his father. The son then created a statue of the lion guardian to guard the temple to atone for his bad deed.