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Early 19th Century
Size: 3.5cm high, 9.5cm long, 2.5cm wide – 1½ ins high, 3¾ ins long, 1 ins wide
See: Finch & Co catalogue no. 18, item no. 36, for another anthropomorphic figure
Implicit in their 19th century worldview was the belief that the humans could transform themselves into animals, animals could become people and spirits could appear as animals or humans. This belief was communicated in the multi-image treatment of objects, and this fine carving perfectly encapsulates this theme of transformation.