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A Horny Dilemma

Post by Mantrik » Sun Nov 04, 2018 6:23 pm

I bought an old etched horn today and recognise the drawing, but have no idea what it is of, or indeed what the time is. I've seen similar horns used by shamans but this may not be the same, albeit the carving is a bit phurba-like. It is about 1 foot long and almost olive-coloured. Somebody clearly drilled 2 holes to hang it up and there is also some insect damage.

Any suggestions please?

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Re: A Horny Dilemma

Post by Grigoris » Sun Nov 04, 2018 7:19 pm

From the style of the etching I would say it is Indonesian.

Maybe it was a scabbard?
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Re: A Horny Dilemma

Post by Mantrik » Sun Nov 04, 2018 7:35 pm

Grigoris wrote:
Sun Nov 04, 2018 7:19 pm
From the style of the etching I would say it is Indonesian.

Maybe it was a scabbard?
I think you're on the right lines. Best guess so far is that it is a Javanese King or Deity character as used in the shadow puppetry - Ramayana etc. Not Hanuman (no tail) or Garuda (no wings) but maybe Brahma? Loads of Googling to do unless I get lucky and someone knows the character. :)

The edge being carved rules out drinking horn, so could be a scabbard or possibly powder horn. Someone drilled two suspension holes in it but they don't look original.
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