Asian Tribal Art - Citipati bone ornament, Tibet

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Asian Tribal Art - Bone ornament, Tibet


This beautifully carved human bone ornament is from Tibet. As a segment of a large bone apron that was worn by tantric necromancers to drive away evil spirits at important ceremonies, its symbolic purpose was as a reminder of the transience of life. See an example of a complete apron from the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco below. 

Measuring 4.5 high by 1.25 wide, the wax export seal can be seen on the back. 19th century.  #8069  SOLD
 

Asian Tribal Art - Bone ornament, Tibet, back
Asian Tribal Art - Bone ornament, Tibet, detail

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