TEAK HALF ROUND TEMPLE DECORATION
In Burma, the old temples and palaces were fabulously decorated with carved wooden and intricate eaves. Teak (Tectona grandis) was the choice wood of carvers and native to the rainforests of Burma and surrounding countries. Burma's woodcarving rose before the Bagan Period (9th to 13th centuries) and has been best preserved in pagodas and monastaries where carved ornamentation expresses itself in the form of scrolls, animals, flowers and supernatural beings arranged in intricate patterns. In the case of this piece, the figures—a deer and people—seem more secular than religious. They seem to be residing or passing through a forest, some resting, others standing. One is bearing water or offerings.