Toe-Nayar Dragon Naga - Burma
Dragon / Naga like 'Toe-Nayar', mythological creature gong holder. Burma, late 19th early 20th century. 36" x 8" x 88"
This teak carved ‘Toe-Nayar’ figure is a supernatural, mythological / folklore creature exhibiting five characteristics of various animals including the Lion, Deer, Serpent, Fish and Bird. It is carved from local solid teak wood using the traditional Southeast Asian technique of appliqued mirror pieces, beads, colored glass and a putty adhesive surface decoration over a red lacquer and gold gilt body. It is used as the central musical instrument and back drop for a Burmese orchestral music and or dance troupe. A large gong hangs from the underbelly of the dragon, propped up on four highly decorated stand posts, while the full classical Burmese orchestra is arranged in front where the seated musicians play in arrear of the dancers performance. The Toe-Nayar is a genderless being. Originally from a Mandalay musical ensemble. Mandalay is the second largest city and last royal capital of Burma, now referred to as Myanmar, located north of Yangon (Rangoon) on the east bank of the Irrawaddy river. The workmanship indicates that the piece was made in the early 20th century. These rare and unusual gong holders are unique and difficult to find intact in this size and condition. This one measure's 36" tall x 8" body thickness x 94" long.