19th Century or earlier
Bahau carvers are known for their unique style and incredible technical skill; this end to an ossuary upholds this Bahau reputation. The large head is powerfully conceived with a vast gaping mouth filled with sharp teeth creating a fierce expression intended to ward off and instill fear in evil forces. What makes this piece especially important is that this is the only example I have ever seen with arms. Ends to ossuaries are usually just a singular carved head; this inventive sculptor created arms that extend outward from the face with classic hooked claws. The patina is dry and aged from generations of exposure.
The height to this piece is 20" and the width is 19".
IN 7-6-12/ Price On Request