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Object Number: 60-5-4
Current Location: Collections storage
Provenience: Burma
Period: Mandalay period
Date Made: 19th Century
Early Date: 1800
Late Date: 1899
Materials:Elephant Ivory
Credit Line:Gift of Henry B. Keep, 1960


Sin-swe papu. Elaborately mounted carved or plain elephant tusks, usually in pairs, are often found in front of a Burmese or Thai temple altar. They are in homage to the Buddha and have a reference to his mother who was miraculously impregnated when touched by the tusk of the white elephant. Sama-bodhi Buddhas in niches. Completely carved ivory tusk with Buddha figures on six registers, terminating in a pagoda. Background is cut away so figures, each in its own niche, are in full round.

Current & Past Exhibitions:

Buddhism: History and Diversity of a Great Tradition (12 Dec 1985 - 21 Oct 2012)View Objects in Exhibition


[Catalogue] Lyons, Elizabeth, et al. 1985. Buddhism: History and Diversity of a Great Tradition. : Page/Fig./Plate: 45View Objects cited in this Publication

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