Votive Figure
Early 20th century

Anthropomorphic votive figures were used for worship and protection against negative forces in Nepal. This could represent a variety of different spirits, but were usually synonymous with ancestral figures of local inhabitants. Kept outside, this particular example is heavily eroded due to prolonged exposure to the natural elements. The figure's attributes are still visible. Seated in a crouched position, the legs have been carefully carved away from the base of the sculpture, with the feet in a slightly pigeon toed position. The hands are crossed together in front of the body just below the chin. The facial features are still visible under the erosion, giving the sculpture a spectral appearance.

Height: 9 3/4 " in.
IN 4-9-14 / SOLD