HEART OF THE WISE: NAGA MAEDAW
20 x 14 x 15 in
Porcelain, glaze and oxides, luster
This piece was inspired by my visits to a Mya Nan Nwe Temple which houses Naga Mae Daw Shrine in my old neighborhood in Botataung. The Temple is located in Botataung Pagoda (translating one thousand military officers) which enshrined relics of Buddha’s hair in its interior sanctum. The temple is located across the entrance of the pagoda dedicated to a devoted Buddhist woman who once lived named, Mya Nan Nwe. She was believed to be the reincarnation of a dragon queen. This process of how a real person becomes mythologized is also fascinating to me.