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sculpture sculpture sculpture sculpture
sculpture sculpture sculpture
sculpture TAGUNDAING
Mandalay Period, 19th Century
Carved wood lacquered gilded with mirror inlay
h. 72 in., w. 14 1/2 in., d. 5 3/4 in. pagodas
Current Location -
Northern Illinois University Collection
Gift of Konrad and Sarah Bekker, 1987

The gallery’s small Tagundaing is a continuation of the ancient Indian practice of erecting monumental columns which symbolize the spread of the Buddhist faith. In Burma, these great Buddhist flagstaffs were raised in monastery compounds to celebrate the submission of local animistic gods to the triumphant Buddhist doctrine and law. Ranging anywhere from 60-80 feet in height, the Tagundaings were usually surmounted by ornamental mythical animals such as the Hintha bird, seen here atop the miniature Tagundaing. Frequently, the base of a large Tagundaing is set between piles carved in the form of mythical Thadya Nats. Originating from animistic practices, Thadaya and Thadya-min Nats are benevolent, and sometimes mischievous, cloud-dwelling spirits believed by some to be the ancestors of the Burmese people. At the foot of the flagstaff is the Earth Goddess wringing her hair. She is quite commonly represented associated with the flagstaff on ancient manuscripts, on woven manuscript wrapping ribbon sasygyo as well as on the oldest Tagundaing found in Pagan. Her placement there may indicate symbolically the recognition of her role in assisting the local Burmese population towards accepting Buddhism.

Mi-gyaung (Burmese Musical Instrument )  

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Object Name - Mi-gyaung
Date - late 19th-century
Geography - Myanmar (formerly Burma)
DimensionsL. 54 in.
ClassificationChordophone-ZitherCredit LineThe Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments, 1889Accession Number89.4.1473
Current Location - The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Newyork

In the 9th century several Burmese musicians were sent to the T'ang dynasty court. Among the instruments they presented to the emperor were the saung-gauk (harp), klene (mouth organ) and mi-gyaung, all chamber instruments. Mi-gyaung, means " crocodile-zither" in Burmese. Similar box zithers exist throughout Southeast Asia and, although the shape is not maintained, the reptilian name persists as chakhe in Thailand or kacapi in Indonesia and the Philippines.

Burmese Nat with 6 arms  

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sculpture sculpture
sculpture NAT
h. 57 cm., w. 27cm.
Current Location- Northern Illinois University Collections

Gift of Paul Cooler, 2003

Burmese sandstone image of a nat (indigenous spirit), standing frontally, with six arms that once held attributes but no longer exist. Taungmagyi Nat, the Burmese cadet of the north who is the twin brother of the cadet of due south.