The pair is Pyin-sa-yu-pa, the animal of the five virtues, a composite with wings of a bird, tail of a fish, body of a snake, antlers of a deer, and trunk and tusks of an elephant. Pyin-sa-yu-pa is the designated vehicle for transporting Ka-te, the kind of the planets in Indian and Burmese astrology. Each carving has original pigmentation and affixed genuine antlers but which were added later to the statue, but several decades ago. Carvings of this animal are still being made, but since it is prohibited to use real antlers, these are extremely rare. They were placed in a Burmese Temple, but Since ka-te is not an important Burmese deity, these would have been placed on the sides of the temple, rather than on a pagoda platform.
31" x 27" x 12"
I love their unique features, each expressively different.
Art (paintings, prints, frames)