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Shin Thivali (a monk with fan and rosary standing on a lotus flower)

Wood with gilding and a red lacquer

Burma/Myanmar, Mandalay Period: c. 19th Century
BC 97.2.11; Northern Illinois University
Lacey Collection

This monk statuette represents Shin Thivali, one of the eight important disciples of the Buddha, standing on a lotus flower, holding a walking stick and a rosary in his right hand, and a fan in his left hand. An alms bowl hangs from his left shoulder. Nowadays, in addition to his position as a spiritually advanced being, he has also come to symbolize protection, and serves to fulfil the wishes of his devotées