Figure of Forest Ogre

This carved wood sculpture depicts a kneeling figure of a green ogre holding a detachable sword. The piece is decorated with gilded lacquerwork inlaid with glass. The painted longyi or skirtwrap design has the acheik or wave patterns associated with the tapestry woven cloths traditionally worn by aristocrats.The figure is one of the key characters in the Hindu-Buddhist epic Ramayana, which was transmitted to Southeast Asia from India since ancient times. In Myanmar, the Buddhist version of the story predominated and was probably derived from the Dasaratha Jataka, which originated in India. In the Rama-thingyan, a much later Burmese version of the Ramayana, Hanuman fights both forest and city ogres. This is depicted in the Burmese marionette and other performing arts traditions.

Date/Period
19th century
Region
Myanmar
Dimension
Gross measurement: Refer to parts
Accession No.
2011-02023
Material
Wood, paint
Collection of
Asian Civilisations Museum
Category
Sculpture

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