SMALL MOUNTED TRIBAL STATUE – MALE

$165.00

 

SOURCE: BALI

AGE: APPROXIMATELY 2 years

DIMENSIONS: 16″ HIGH x 6″ WIDE x 1.5″ DEEP

PALETTE: A wheat OVERALL FINISH, WITH dove grey and sand PATINA.

STATUE DETAILS: INSPIRED BY THE traditional animist ancestor worship rituals OF THE INHABITANTS OF TIMOR, THESE STATUES HAVE BEEN REVERED FOR CENTURIES.  THEY ARE BELIEVED TO BE A MEDIUM TO THE WORLD OF THE SPIRITS, A MEANS OF ASKING PEOPLE’S  forebears for protection, health and good fortune.  THE TIMORESE BELIEVE THAT THE SPIRITS OF THEIR ANCESTORS LIVE ON MATEBIAN MOUNTAIN, OR THE ‘mountain of the souls of the dead ‘, FROM WHERE THEY KEEP AN EYE OUT OVER THEIR DESCENDANTS.

IN ORDER TO KEEP A STABLE AND PEACEFUL RELATIONSHIP WITH THIS SPIRIT WORLD, VARIOUS CEREMONIES AND RITUALS ARE REQUIRED THROUGHOUT THE YEAR {TO restore harmony to the natural environment, WHICH IS UNBALANCED BY MAN’S ACTIVITIES}.  IF THE ANCESTORS ARE SATISFIED THEY REWARD THE LIVING WITH GOOD HARVESTS, HEALTH AND PROSPERITY, BUT IF ANY OF THE nuku-hara’ rules are broken, THE BALANCE BETWEEN NATURE AND MAN BECOMES UNSTABLE AND THE VILLAGERS’ descendants will be punished by the spirits.

THE STATUES ARE USED IN TRADITIONAL CEREMONIES AND HEALING/PROTECTION RITUALS.  THEY ARE ALSO PLACED INSIDE PEOPLE’S HUTS ABOVE THE FRONT DOOR, ENSURING THAT ONLY THOSE WITH GOOD HEARTS AND POSITIVE INTENT MAY ENTER – all baddies have to stay outside.

THESE STATUES ARE ENTIRELY hand-carved from one solid piece of wood.  THIS ONE SYMBOLISES A PENSIVE ADULT MALE, STANDING AND WITH fingers interlinked.

FOR more information ON / GRATUITOUS PHOTOS OF ANIMIST GOODIES, CLICK THROUGH {HERE} TO demand authenticity.

MOUNT DETAILS: A MATTE IRON MOUNT WITH STRAIGHT POLE  keeps this little guy standing.

WRINKLES: THE OCCASIONAL WRINKLE OR SUNSPOT THAT SOME OF OUR PIECES HAVE ACQUIRED OVER THE YEARS, AS WELL AS THEIR HANDMADE  QUIRKS, ARE PART OF THEIR one of a kind artisanal charm.  WE THINK THIS STATUE IS PRETTY MUCH PERFECT HOWEVER, WITH ALL ITS hand-carved rustic goodness.

DESIGN TIPS: FEATURE THIS STATUE ON A COFFEE OR SIDE TABLE FOR SOME ethnic layering OR MAKE LIKE THE ANIMISTS AND protect against negative energies  BY PLACING IT AT YOUR FRONT DOOR, PERHAPS ON AN ENTRYWAY CONSOLE.  PERHAPS ALSO CONSIDER PURCHASING HIS lady-friend to keep him company.

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