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Tall 19th C. Nepalese Wood Guardian Figure

Central Asia, Nepal, ca. late 19th to early 20th century CE. A tall guardian figure, hand-carved from hard wood, depicted in a squatting position atop an integral circular base. The figure has its legs drawn up to its hips and has a thick abdomen as well as flush arms and shoulders held just beneath its chin. The blocky head bears an impressed mouth and eyes, a slender nose, and a rounded dome which becomes flush with the verso. Guardian figures like this are typically found in or around dwellings in Nepal to ward against disease, evil spirits, or other malevolent forces. Custom wooden display stand included. Size: 4.5" W x 14.125" H (11.4 cm x 35.9 cm); 15.5" H (39.4 cm) on included custom stand.

Condition: Surface wear and abrasions commensurate with age, losses to circular base, legs, body, arms, and head, with fading to some finer features, extensive but inactive insect damage, and light roughness across all surfaces. Nice earthen deposits and lustrous patina throughout. Old inventory labels beneath base.

Provenance: private Los Angeles, California, USA collection

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