GlazeTile ( မာန္စစ္သည္ ေျမြေခါင္းထြက္ ) early 19th C  

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Object : Tile ( မာန္စစ္သည္ ေျမြေခါင္းထြက္ )
Date : Early 19th century
Techniques : Ceramic-red earthenware, covered on the front with a white slip under a transparent siliceous glaze

Place : Ava, Burma
Dimensions : Height 21.5 cm
Current Location : Victoria & Albert Museum
Museum number : IM.134-1925

This tile depicts the demonic army of Mara sent to disturb the Buddha's meditation as he sought enlightenment. Each of the grotesque warriors wields a sword and spear and has a snake poised on his head. Below there is an incised inscription, which in translation reads: 'The army of Mara appearing with snake on head'.

It is one of a series of tiles produced for King Bodawpaya of Ava, in Upper or northern Burma, in the early 19th century to decorate the Mingum temple, which was left unfinished after his death in 1819.

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