Chinthe Ox Cart Prow Decoration
12" High x 3.5" Wide x 7.5" Long
The chinthe is a highly stylized leogryph ,lion-like creature, commonly depicted in Burmese iconography and Myanmar architecture, especially as a pair of guardians flanking the entrances of Buddhist pagodas and kyaung , Buddhist monasteries. In Burmese, chinthe is synonymous with the Burmese word for lion.
The story of why chinthes guard the entrances of pagodas and temples is given as such from the Mahavamsa:
The princess Suppadevi of Vanga Kingdom ,present day Bengal,had a son named Sinhabahu through her marriage to a lion, but later abandoned the lion who then became enraged and set out on a road of terror throughout the lands. The son then went out to slay this terrorizing lion. The son came back home to his mother stating he slew the lion, and then found out that he killed his own father. The son later constructed a statue of the lion as a guardian of a temple to atone for his sin.
PLease refer back to the information about Burmese Bullock Cart Prow Decorations on the previous page.
Handmade in teak wood in Burma