12/03/2011

THARU WOODEN CARVED WINDOW. TERAI NEPAL TRIBAL ART

Rare Tharu wooden carved  complete  Window.

The iconographic theme of the carving it's part geometrical and part figurative, with human figure standing on horses and elephants.

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A common theme that it's possible to find also in the wooden carved pillars linked with the  cult of the female and male divinityes Cabahwaguni and Daharcandi (Gisèle Krauskopff, Maîtres et possédés - Les rites et l'ordre social chez les Tharu (Népal) - Editions du CNRS, Meudon, Juin 1989).

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More difficult to document this kind of iconography in the Tharu sculpture, we edit one of these, part of a couple, representing a man on an elephant.

Probably part of a more complex structure (the items are cut at the base and at the top).

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Interesting it's also the iconography of a  female figure standing on an elephant, carving top of a pole, probably linked with the fertility cult. Something close to the so called Tharu fertility panels, and probably part of one of these devotional structure.

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Photo Ethnoflorence Indian and Himalayan folk and tribal arts photo archive and Ethnoeidos Himalayan photo Archive.

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