Permanently available more than 100 collectable, authentic, selected tribal and ritual art objects, textiles and jewels from Africa, Himalaya, Southeast Asia and Oceania. Regularly new additions.

Ghura H2314

 A ‘herd’ of ghura, all from the same area in the Terai. The top, where the ghura is attached with a rope, shows an elephant, typical for the art objects from the Terai in Nepal. All four of them have a wooden ball carved out in the middle of the object. This adds tention so more power to the object.  A ‘ghura’ keeps the churning-rod on its place during the churning of the milk. The Hindu and Buddhist Nepali beliefs in the myth that ‘man & woman’ were created after the Gods churned the primal ocean. So, what Darwin said 150 years ago; that all life came from the ocean, the Nepalis know this since thousands of years. The ghura often depicts scenes from daily life or can have beautiful abstract messages. Sometimes they are anthropomorphic, or phallic or show ancestor figures. Very often they obtain beautiful wear and patina, because of their intensive use. The huge variety and affordability of these objects, makes them an interesting collectable subject. 1st half 20thc. Collected in Kathmandu, Nepal. (22 – 28cm)

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Louis Nierijnck