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An antique wooden guardian figure from Southern Nepal. These figures are typically placed individually outside homes and occasionally in groups outside of villages and act as guardian sentinels.  This one is beautiful with its well weathered visage, and a white fungus/ lichen patch has grown on the side of the face.  Fantastic piece.

Tribal art aficionados will note the similarity of these Nepalese primitive wooden figures to similar pieces from the Indonesian Archipelago, as well as Africa, and Oceania. These types of cross cultural parallels among peoples separated by vast geographic distances is quite fascinating. Brings to mind Jung's concept of archetypes that are an innate psychological component of humanity, and which therefore reveal themselves with only minor variation amongst groups separated in both time and space. I think this is why so many of us are attracted to tribal / primitive art - it strikes a very deep chord within our being. We connect with our common humanity, and sense something closer to essence - uncorrupted by generations of urban domestication and an overdeveloped material environment - the "affliction of comfort" so many of us in the west are stricken with. We catch a glimpse of our own reflection, but an untamed and raw likeness, that refreshes and invigorates us.

 

ITEM NAME:   Primitive wood figure
ITEM CODE:   HMR-39
PRICE:   Email 
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STATUS:   SOLD
PEOPLE/REGION:   Southern Nepal

MATERIALS:   

Wood 

AGE:   

 19th C.

SIZE:   

26" high X 7" in diameter
 

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