Stone Jajarkot figure Nepal Praying Man
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Directory: Archives: Regional Art: Asian: Indian Subcontinent: Himalayas: Pre 1920: item # 1187183
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Ipswich, Massachusetts 01938
Jajarkot is a small regional center in the rugged central hills of Nepal. This figure may have originated there or in any of a number of nearby villages. While some of these figures were found in village homes many were kept in local temples.
Much rarer than the wooden devotional figures of the middle hills of Nepal are the stone ones. This figure of a man in a praying position is very simple but powerful. It has been covered by kaolin and milk offerings so thoroughly that the stone surface itself is totally obscured. On the reverse side some of the milk surface has chipped off and the clay undersurface still covers the stone.
The figure is three inches wide at the base, eight and a half inches high and two inches thick. It weighs four and a half pounds. The base slopes a little toward the back so the figure will not freestand without a wedge or other support.