Antique Indian Wood Shrine Carvings of a Domestic Couple (2)

 

5391. Antique Indian Wood Shrine Carvings of a Domestic Couple (2)

Central India, 20th Century AD.

These lovely wood carved figures are meant to represent a husband and wife dampati (donor couple). Couples with modest means could use these idealized effigies to emulate wealthy donors and obtain spiritual and material benefits from the deities of their chosen shrine. These domestic shrine dolls are of the finest artistic tradition of the artists of India. Size 10 inches H ea. Ex Collection of Will Barnet, (b. 1911) an American artist known for his paintings, watercolors, drawings, and prints depicting casual scenes of daily life and in transcendent dreamlike worlds. A longtime resident of the National Arts Club, Barnet died in New York City on November 13, 2012, at the age of 101. According to his wife Elaine Barnet, he received these wood sculptures trading with Mike Nevelson, son of Louise Nevelson, a friends of his the time.

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