Himalayan Indigenous Tharu Goddess Wooden Carving | Nepal, 19C¥21,000 JPY
A carved wooden figure of the Tharu people whom have been living in the Tarai Plain on the border of Nepal and India as an indigenous people/ethinic minority. They had been isolated for more than thousand of years in jungle where malaria prevails, forming a unique cultural sphere that is different from Nepal and India. However they have been suffering by exploitative such as bonded labour system known as Kamaiya which existed in Nepal since the 18th century untill 2000, seized their traditional land where they cultivated forced to replace to live, even once they had a protected land in Chitwan, was destroyed by Nepalese soldiers.
This wooden carved statue was enshrined in a Tharu family. Most of the Tharu people are Hinduism combined with animism and shamanism related to the forest. The shape of breast tells that is an earth goddess that brings fertility.
Although it has decayed as a whole, this sculpture has overwhelmed aura. A whisper of their praying will be heard in the place where the ruined, house once stood. It is inclinatory, and the balance is not good, but it is still standing on its feet.
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