This bronze leogryph figure with human face is from early 20th century Burma and is a variation of the Buddhist temple guardian called manok-thi-ha or manushi, names derived from the Sanskrit words for man (manu) and lion (simha). Burmese manok-thi-ha often have double rear quarters (two bums—see our catalog item 63-37). This one is single-bummed and outfitted with heavy necklace, chest ornament and lots of swirls. The fantastic manok-thi-ha, a creature from Buddhist mythology, is said to roam Mount Meru, center of the Buddhist universe in the Himalaya, along with other protectors of the Buddhist/Hindu cosmos such as garuda, kinnara and pyin-sa-yu-pa. This figure is in good condition. Dimensions: height 7” (17.9 cm), length 3 ½” (9 cm), width 2 ½” (6.5 cm).