Southeast Asia, Burma, Ava Period, ca. 18th to 19th centuries CE. This is a gilded bronze votive temple with four open-sided walls and a dramatically decorated roof capped by a tree-branch-like spire. This type of building is known as a pyatthat, a multi-tiered and spired roof found in Burmese royal and Buddhist architecture. This item was cast during the Ava period, a time of transition and upheaval in Burmese history, when ties with India - previously very strong - began to fall away because of the ongoing warfare and lack of centralized power. This is a really gorgeous example of a votive temple, probably made to be placed upon an altar. Comes with nice wooden custom stand. Size: 3" L x 3" W x 9.5" H (7.6 cm x 7.6 cm x 24.1 cm)
Provenance: Ex - B. Mussin Collection, San Diego, CA
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