Antique Marble Temple Guardian Manote Thiha
AGE: – 18th – 19th Century
CONSTRUCTION: – Alabaster
HEIGHT: – 34.5
WIDTH: – 20.5
DEPTH: – 20.5
WEIGHT: – 13.45 kg.
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Burmese Antique Marble Temple Guardian Manote Thiha – A mythological, supernatural creature in Burmese folklore and myth. Manotethiha is shown with a lions hindquarters, a man’s torso, and the head of a nat.
Legend has it that the mythological creature Manote Thiha was brought to life by Buddhist monks in the 3rd century A.D., to protect the Mon people from the demons of the jungle ogre referred to as Taw Belu, he terrorized the countryside by eating small children. His powerful rival Nan Belu also referred to as Galon, is similar in appearance to the Garuda and was a powerful rival of the jungle ogre.
The figure of Manote Thiha can be seen on many old pagodas throughout Myanmar, they are usually placed on each corner of the pagoda or temple as guardians. The Htuparyon Pagoda in Mrauk-U erected by King Min Ran Aung, of the sixth Mrauk-U dynasty in 1494 A.D., shows one of these figures placed at each corner of the pagoda.
Local archives record that King Min Ran Aung never saw the pagoda to completion as he was assassinated by his own ministers just six months into his reign. In 1613 A.D., King Minkhamaung and his chief queen, Shin Htway rebuilt the pagoda and it has since been renamed Minkhamaung pagoda. The pagoda was visited later by Arakanese kings after their coronation ceremony to take an oath to protect the country during their reign as they considered the pagoda auspicious
Htuparyon Pagoda is built of stone blocks with an octagonal base. Today as it stands the wall surrounding the pagoda is in disrepair as is most of this Pagoda. Each of the four corners of the pagoda walls is guarded by the figure of the mythological Temple Guardian Manotethiha, each with two bodies and a head similar to this statue.