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Cho Fa

19th Century



teak wood

H 260x70x52cm / H250x67x52cm

Chofa is an architectural decorative ornament that adorns the roofedge of a wat or palace in most Southeast Asian countries, such as Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, and Myanmar. It resembles a elongated bird and looks hornlike. The chofa is generally believed to represent the mythical creature Garuda, half bird and half man from the Hindu mythologie, who is the vehicle of the Hindu god Vishnu. This Cho Fa represents a fabulous dragon with teeth and tongue. This creature with the trunk of a makara, a goatee and horns, his jaws open, is of a surprising grandeur.



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