Burmese loom pulley

One more deviation from Indian bronzes. These are Burmese loom pulleys. They depict mythical figures of Kinnara and Kinnari.

Kinnara and Kinnari are half-human-half-bird mythical creatures. They are often portrayed in Hindu and Buddhist sculptures and paintings. Kinnaris and Kinnaras are portrayed happy, singing and playing musical instruments.

These are great examples of folk art and probably date to the nineteenth century. They are about 15 cm and 12.5 cm in height.

Northern Illinois University has examples of loom pulleys and a write-up. https://www.niu.edu/clas/burma/exhibits/2015/BeyondAesthetic/Pulleys/index.shtml


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