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This is a fine old, beautifully weathered wooden guardian figure from Nepal's middle hills. Such guardian figures were placed at shamanic shrines, springs, bridges and cross roads where they assumed the duty of fending off malevolent entities and other dangers, which tend to congregate in such areas. This one was a component of a bridge and is clearly an architectural piece as you can see where a wooden beam passed through the vase. This fantastic piece displays some of the most characteristic features of these primitive wooden figures. The hands are shown with the palms together in the "namaskar" gesture of reverence and greeting. The face is classic middle hills with minimalist, primitive carving, and now the entire piece displays considerable weather wear over all.

Those with more than a passing familiarity with tribal art will note the similarity of these Nepalese minimalist wooden figures to similar pieces from the Indonesian Archipelago, some areas of Oceania, and a strong semblance to the Ifugao Bulul and Luzon Anito figures of the Philippines. These types of cross cultural parallels among peoples separated by vast geographic distances are very interesting. It brings to mind the concept of subconscious 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
PRICE:   Email 
STATUS:   Available
PEOPLE/REGION:   Nepal Middle Hills




early  20th c


32" high X 4" wide

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