Two ghuras showing a’ jhankri’ (shaman) and a jhankri with the ‘ban-jhankri’ (primal-shaman). Nepal.
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 depicts often scenes from daily life or can have beautiful abstract messages. Sometimes anthropomorphic, or phallic.
Very often they obtained a beautiful wear and patin, because of their intensive use.
The huge variety and affordability of these objects, makes them an interesting collecting subject.