Ancient pointing stick "sulpa" of a shaman, Nepal, early 20th century
When a shaman helps customers, he often puts on a mask and uses a pointing stick towards the customer. Usually they are not that long, this one is remarkably long. A shaman does not look directly at the customer in this way to prevent evil spirits from taking possession of him. This pointing stick is authentic, intensively used and about 100 years old! At the top a small head and at the bottom a hand with decorations in between. Beautiful patina and signs of wear appropriate to age and use. The stick is placed on a stand. See the pictures! Rare item!!
Length: approx. 72 cm, including standard approx. 76 cm
Weight: 949 grams
Origin: Nepal, Newari area
Date: Early 20th century