Nowadays we acquire a lot of our pieces from old collections, and invariably collectors of African art would also have interesting artifacts from other parts of the world, which is how we came upon this piece. Believed to be from the early to mid 20th century.
Protective or marking posts such as this are
hard to come by today. The Tharu people placed two posts 1 facing
North of their temple to defend the harvest and the fields and the
other facing South to defend the village from evil spirits. The posts
represent a divine couple. The male post like this one has a single
point on top whereas the female has four - five points on top. The
carvings portray protective spirits who watch over the well being of
the villagers and their animals and crops.
Height: 41" x Width: 10" x Depth: 2" - on its 10" x 5" base it is 42 1/4" in height.