A pair of bone & horn fertility figures

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.


See the figures on our Etsy store

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