S219 – Hand carved solid buffalo horn fetish statue. The carver has embellished the base with some fine scroll work. The only one that I have ever acquired this size most are statuette tips of buff horn.
23cm / 8″ tall
5.5cm / 2.25″ dia
155g / 5.5oz
Fetish creations are part of the old religion of Timor. Animism still pervades the daily life of most villagers in the highlands of West Timor. Figurines such as these are created to honor ancestors and pay homage to the entities that bring rains and enable crops to flourish.
Another couple of items of a similar or a bit more weight can travel in this parcel, up to 500g total within Australia for no additional postage cost.
If you wish to gather multiple treasures, and International buyers are welcome, this website and shop cart should allow for it. If not I will contact you to find the most economical way to send your treasures to you.
International clients are welcome. Aus Post has returned the international 250gr small parcel. This is great news. YAY! A true shame that they have not done so for domestic.
I am Julie and have been collecting Timorese Treasures in the field since 1990 when I won a prize for overseas travel in a pub in Darwin [true]. I had no idea at the time that I had stumbled upon an Aladdin’s cave of authentic traditional tribal textiles and treasures. I have been returning annually ever since [well most years] and been witness to many changes across the last 3 decades. Who knows when we will be able to travel there again to obtain such treasures?
NOTE: We use recycled packaging
Clearly none of us are sure what will happen post COVID, but I do know that the villagers, carvers and weavers up in the mountains will be grateful when some outside dollars comes into their informal/circular economy. Therefore every purchase you choose to make with me will benefit the Atoni [people of West Timor] as soon as I can get back there.
I distribute reading glasses and nutritious food seeds as the soil in the western half of Timor is very poor and water a precious resource. Please contact me if you wish to contribute.