This a classical straight minimal design from tamang people but with a great age possibly close to 100 years. Note the thick encrusted patina. Height is 10 inches (25 cm). The piece is nicely mounted on an iron metal stand.
This wood handle called “ GHURRA” are used to guide the churning-rod for churning milk into butter and are real pieces of art probably because milk is considered as sacred medium and primordial for life. The sculptural motifs and the designs reflect the infinity of creativity and mystical experience of the artists who have carved these Ghurra in remote villages with very archaic tools. This one shows a very simple design but exhibits a very old thick encrusted back patine . This kind of Ghurra ...click for details
A Phurba, also called shamanic knife, is a ritual dagger used to drive away evil spirits or negative influences. This is a classical example from Tamang people built on the classical three-side symetrical model. The top part is made of three human heads. The central part is the grip and represent the tibetan design of a dorje also called vajra. The lower part which represents a three-side blade, exhibits a precise carving representing an interweaving of three snakes used to fight evils spirits. ...click for details
This is the upper part of a tibetan prayer book cover. A complete book consists of an upper and a lower piece of wood and various numbers of separate paper sheets. This cover is made in a very simple village style with the carved famous tibetan mantra (Om Mani Padme Om). The edges are decorated with geometrical lines. This cover has been collected from a small Tamang community in the district of Solu Khumbu ( central Nepal). The top side and the edges show a black thick glossy patina whereas in ...click for details