This This is an old Nepalese butter lamp named aarati with a well worn appearance testifying to its age and use. It has a single naga head as protector of the fir and it is used by hindouists for their daily ritual called puja. Brass, Height 12 cm width 11 cm.
Printing wood block used for a prayer flag, representing three lamas, probably three Bodhisattvas as they all have the gesture of argument ("Vitarka Mudra"). In this gesture the tips of thumb and index fingers touch each other, forming a circle, whereas all other fingers are extended upwards. These blocks are still used to print prayer flags (also called "lungta", "lung" means wind, "ta" means horse), so lunta means "who is riding the wind". The ...click for details
Very old printing wood block used for the Tibetan prayer flag, representing the "Chatra" (the Buddhist holy parasol). It is a symbol of Buddhist goddesses such as Pancharaksa, Usnisasita. It protects from evil spirits. It is one of the eight symbols of good luck in Buddhism. This block has been directly collected from a Tamang community in the Solu district (Central Estern Nepal). In fact, the block was broken into two parts and thus was useless. It has then been nicely fixed and resto ...click for details
A primitive figure standing in the well identified Namaste position. The figure stands in the sitting position. The legs are carved but remains attached to the body, the hands are joined in the Namaste position to pay respect to the audience. The figure is covered with white mineral pigments and shows old traces of insects (no more present). Hard red wood but very dry which indicates a great age, much over 50 years, from first mid of the 20th century. Except the lack of a knee and cracks due to ...click for details
Zoomorphic wooden churning rod with a figure on top showing a buffalo, the piece is covered with geometric carvings quite typical of the district of Rukkum (West Nepal). The carving is precise, nice brown to dark and encrusted solid patina with obvious signs of important use, minimum age is around 30 to 50 years. This piece is coming from the Magar tribes height 17.5 cm , thick 3 cm, the cow is 5 x 7 cm . Hard wood, very good condition. The piece is nicely mounted on an iron stand.
Very unusual butter churner key, showing twin protectors in the meditation posture, sitting on their bottom with elbows leaning on their knees, their head between their hands. The rope is still attached through an iron hook. Very powerful symmetrical lines, black hard patina in some areas, whereas others shows sign of use. This is a very unusual "ghurra" from Jajarkot district (Western Nepal). Dimensions: 8 x 1 2/3 inches (20 cm X 4 cm). Age can be around 50 years. The piece is nicely ...click for details
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An anthropomorphic butter churner key representing a man sitting in the "namaste" position. The body figures the main part of the "ghurra". This ghurra was collected in the district of Rukum (Western part of Nepal). Brow ...click for details
An exceptional articulated butter churner key ("Ghurra" in nepalese language) carved in a single piece of wood. The top represents a cow ( 8 X 5 X 4 cm). This ghurra has been collected in the district of Rukum ( western nepal). Milk and butter encrusted patina, obvious signs of use. Age: probably from middle of 20th C. Very good condition. Height 11 1/2 inches (28 cm). The piece is nicely mounted on an iron stand.
A very original butter churner key showing a fine janus figure inserted in a square window to ensure a strong architecture. This was necessary to avoid breaking of the piece. The middle part figures a short knot, this "ghurra" has been collected in the district of Rukum (Western Nepal). Black and hard encrusted patina. Obvious signs of great age ( around 50 years). Very good condition. Height 6 1/3 inches (16 cm). The piece is nicely mounted on an iron stand
A Churning-rod holder also called “ghurra” in nepalee Although this one can first appears as quite classic, it shows a very nice light brown and in some place encrusted patina indicating a great age possibly over 50 years, this ghurra has been collected in the district of Rukum ( western nepal) . The top part with a solid metal ring figures a house , the roof being supported by two rows of 3 milk pots, the central part could evoke lotus leaves assembled with a knot. Very good condition, height 1 ...click for details