Central Asia, Nepal, ca. early 20th century CE. A hand-carved wooden human figure standing upon separated legs with delineated genitalia in-between and tenons beneath each foot. The figure holds both arms to its slender waist in a defensive posture, and planar shoulders lead inwards to a thick neck. A rounded head boasts a slender nose, ovoid eyes with impressed pupils, a petite mouth, teardrop-shaped ears, and a domed brow. Figures of this type are guardians and are typically found inside houses in Nepal to ward against evil spirits or disease. Custom wooden display stand included. Size: 4.75" W x 14.75" H (12.1 cm x 37.5 cm); 15.375" H (39.1 cm) on included custom stand.
Provenance: private Los Angeles, California, USA collection
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Surface wear and abrasions commensurate with age, several stable hairline fissures across body, head, and verso, small nicks to feet, arms, body, and head, with minor inactive insect damage, and light roughness across most surfaces. Nice earthen deposits and lustrous patina throughout. Old inventory labels on back of leg and beneath base.