6,0 cm high, 6,0 cm long
A mythical figure, composed from the body of a porcupine, a peacock and a human figure.
On each side a container
Was kept hidden in the house of the owner to make him rich and to bring good luck
C.Mallebrein, page 488,499
The Mahlia-Kond live in the tribal-area of Orissa in the north-east of India
From the middle of the 19th century till the beginning of the 20th century nomadic blacksmiths manufactured these statues for the Kond in cire perdue (lost-wax technique)
For more information please read the article by Barbara Boal in “Publications”