University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Native NameThurathati (uncertain)
Object Number:89-13-20
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Burmese
Buddhist
Provenience: Burma
Period: Konbaung Dynasty
Amarapura Period
Date Made: 1752-1819
Early Date: 1752
Late Date: 1819
Section:Asian
Materials:Brass
Technique:Cire Perdue
Iconography:Thurathati?
Sarasvati?
Rosary
Manuscript
Height: 11.5 cm
Width: 2.8 cm
Depth: 2.8 cm
Credit Line:Gift of the Estate of Elizabeth Lyons, Keeper of the Asian Collections, University Museum, 1989

Description

A standing female figure with rosary in left hand and book in the right hand. Wears a royal headdress. The finial resembles the head of a bird, possibly a hamsa. Cast in one piece with circular base. Probably made as an effigy for the relic chamber of a pagoda dedicated to Sarasvati, the Hindu goddess who is the keeper of the tripitaka texts in Buddhism.


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