**Originally Listed At $300**
Central Asia, Nepal, ca. early 20th century CE. A hand-carved wooden anthropomorphic guardian figure atop an integral plinth. The figure squats with bent legs, a stocky body with a rigid back, sinuous arms held together in a praying pose in front of the chest, and sloping shoulders which taper inward to a thick neck. The narrow head boasts a stylized visage composed of impressed circular eyes, a bulbous nose, full lips, tab-shaped ears, and a pointed chin, all beneath a rounded top. Faded layers of white and yellow pigment are visible across the composition, and areas of exposed wood have formed beautiful dark-brown patina. Guardian figures like this are typically found in or around dwellings in Nepal to ward against disease, evil spirits, or other malevolent forces. Size: 3.75" W x 19" H (9.5 cm x 48.3 cm); 21.25" H (54 cm) on included custom stand.
Provenance: private Los Angeles, California, USA collection
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Minor chips and abrasions to legs, body, arms, and head, with fading to original pigmentation, softening to some finer details, and light encrustations. Nice earthen deposits, traces of original pigmentation, and dark-brown patina throughout.