Guardian Figure

Western Nepal

19th Century or Earlier


2" W x 5.25” H

We are drawn to these expressive figures from Nepal for their beauty and the tenderness they evoke.  Those emotions seem incongruous with the figure’s  crude form.  This small, blackened example, with its missing topknot, is particularly emotive.  Commonly depicted in wood, figures such as these are placed in shamanic shrines, at thoroughfares and springs, to ward off negative spirits and energy.  The arms, held in a Namaste pose, greet the traveler.