A pair of bone & horn fertility figures (£35)

A set of male and female fertility figures, hand carved from water buffalo (Bubalus bubalis) bone. Each figure is around 18cm tall.

IMG_20160206_145531 IMG_20160206_145541 These are sometimes gifted to a new couple, as a wedding ritual offering, by the shaman. The amateur of primitive art will delight in such pieces. Each effigy bears a piece of horn on top of the head and represents protective ancestors: the bone is also hand carved & hand etched with primitive body details of man and woman. Ethnographic material from this area is rare and highly sought after by museums and collectors.

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See the figures on our Etsy store

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