NEW O2876 AINU CARVINGS A PAIR, NIPOPO
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Height of man 9 1/4 inches ( 23.5 cms )
Some scuffs and scratches, with age.
Carving is a traditional art of the Ainu people from Northern Japan. Here are a pair of carvings, a man and a woman in traditional ceremonial costumes. The are called Nipopo, which means ' small wooden doll' In the past shamens used abstract wooden figures as amulets to ward off childhood diseases. Wonderful collector's item!
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