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    Register 1954: Wooden figurine of a woman, the left hand is raised to the chest, palm forwards.

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    • Height: 16.5 centimetres
    • Width: 5.5 centimetres
    • Depth: 3.8 centimetres
    • Weight: 122 grammes
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    Register 1954:
    The female figures were offerings by women making a request at a shrine or temple, the others may be toys.
    All were found in temples or old houses in Kathmandu or Patan.
    They were made by the non-mongoloid Nawar of the Kathmandu Valley and date from before or not long after the Gurkha conquest c. 1840.
    These figurines are new being reproduced and made to look old artificially.
    (The above information, supplied by donor, is difficult to reconcile with Nepalese history.)


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Register 1954: Wooden figurine of a woman, the left hand is raised to the chest, palm forwards.



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