For centuries the Shaman of the Himalayan Hill Tribes have been driving away evil spirits, curing aliments and attracting the favorable attention of the ancestor spirits and gods. Our wonderful example of a Shamans bell necklace shows the effects of years of use while performing these tasks. On the hand made chain there is suspended a variety of bells including three cast brass bells and a mixture of 14 hand made steel and or brass bells, each with a distinctive voice. The chain is 44" in l ...click for details
Wearing the traditional garments of the Nepalese and Middle Hills Tribesman, this older man stands proudly with his hand on his belt, near his Kukri. A well carved sculpture of a chief or important elder. With nice patina and no cracks or damage and with a museum style metal stand. Mid 20th C. Size 12.5" x 4".
Called Singa, Snow Lion and Thunder Dragon, this fiercely attractive mask appears at various Buddhist Hill Tribe festivals and Theaters. The paint has darkened with the passage of time but the artists skill and attention to detail is immediately apparent. In overall very good condition. C1960. H:14.25xW:8.75.
From the Konyak People of Northeast India, a hide shield with pigment designs and dyed goat hair tassels. In very good condition this shield is from a Santa Fe collection. It is constructed of thick leather from the Water Buffalo and ornamented with white kaolin, charcoal and red goat hair tassels. The shield grip is of woven cane and is well patinated from use. The carrying sling, while worn remains in place. There are some scuffs and edge wear but the over all condition is very good. Mid 20th ...click for details
With good age, a Kalyo-Kengu mans headress. The woven cane body is adorned with dyed goat hair, hornbill feathers and boars tusks, all attached with strips of cane. The cane is a bit brittle and the goat hair some what faded with age. The horn bill feathers are unbroken and in good condition. From a Santa Fe collection.
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The helmet body is 7.5" in diameter and the hornbill feathers 18" in length. Mid 20th C.
In the Hindu Religion, Garuda is son of Kasyapa, the law-minded grandfather of the world and his mother was Vinata.
He is the King of the birds and often acts as a messenger between gods and men. He has the head, wings, talons and beak of an eagle and the body and limbs of a man.
In many heroic Indian epics, Garuda is the devoted friend of, and carries Vishnu the preserver of the Universe.
This fine quality, vintage carving was a part of the wooden diorama in a Hindu Temple. It was preserved ...click for details