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Ancestral Figure (Korwar)

Korwar figures like the one on view, were carved immediately following the death of an individual, whose soul was then enticed through chants to dwell in the stylized figure. The korwar then served as a means of communication between the deceased and his surviving relatives. Through such figures the spirit of a deceased was consulted for advice and petitioned for assistance in times of war or in the presence of other dangers such as illness or an impending journey.

Catalogue Description:
Korwar (mortuary figure). Carving is that of two figures, male and female, holding a stylized snake, each figure with one arm on a snake and the other arm on the free arm of the other figure. Male figure wears a tiny cap on top of his head. Condition: completely worm eaten around lower section. Top is in good condition.

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