Handcarved in the highlands of central West Timor from deeply burnished teak. Another Tauhu original. The Tauhu brothers are young and showing great promise as they explore their talents in a number of mediums including the spiritual animistic realm. This character filled female dog spirit is depicted with its hands on its knees.
27cm tall x 11cm dia.
11" tall x 4.5" dia.
Timor has a long tradition of carving ancestor or guardian figures for various functions. One is to protect those still earthbound within the family and another is to use as a "photograph" to tell stories of the person to descendants. Fetish and fertility statues have their place in the society and are used by the Dukun or village Shaman to bring about auspicious circumstances for women and crops. Totem poles and offering platforms are still be be found dotted throughout the kampongs in the highlands.
Still carved today using little more than a machete and a penknife by those who continue the carving tradition. For more detailed information about Timor and I please go to www.timortreasures.com/julie .
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