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Protective Narashima Lion Hindu Protector Hand Carved Mask

Protective Narashima Lion Hindu Protector Hand Carved Mask

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SKU: SKU: SK-NVC-224205

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Working with Fair Trade certified organizations is an important part of what we do. This product is made by artisans that are fairly compensated for their skilled work, and helps provide a living wage as well as safe work conditions.

An incarnation of Vishnu, Narashima is half human and half lion. Known as the Great Protector, he teaches the lesson that God is everywhere, willing and able to come to the needs of his people. Made Mulyani depicts the Hindu deity in a superbly carved mask, crafted from Balinese acacia wood.

Please note that wood color and grain can vary significantly from one piece to the next; this makes each mask a unique piece of art.

  • materials: Acacia wood
  • Wood grain and color can vary slightly
  • Intended as wall decor
  • Signed by the artist
6.75 in. H x 6.75 in. W x 3.1 in. D

Artisan Information

Made Mulyani

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I was born in 1975 to a wood carver family in a small town in Bali. We live in a rural area of the island that is so peaceful and where kinship bonds are strong. Our family's life was financially limited, therefore I wasn't able to continue my studies after senior high school.

I'm a simple woman who enjoys cycling and aerobics. Friends know me as an honest woman, a hard worker and a person who likes helping others. I married in 1997 and have two children who made my life become happier and perfect. Since then, there have been many changes in my life. I have more responsibilities now but what's most important to me is my children's future.

In 2002, there was a very difficult moment in my life. I was starting a small shop in the market with a bank loan. Suddenly, a bomb exploded in Bali's tourist area! People suffered a lot because most work is dependent on tourism. Bali became so quiet, and no visitors or customers came. I think this was the toughest time in my whole life.

My island is rich in artistic and historical temples, which I love. Whenever there are ceremonies, I pray and perform our rituals there. I cannot imagine how our ancestors built such great temples with the limited tools and resources at that time. Bali also has beautiful scenery and friendly people from different cultures.

My parents and my brother taught me to make sculptures. I started by watching them carving wood at home. I was excited with the final results and worked hard at learning how to create them.

After high school, I worked at a supermarket but wasn't happy with the salary, so I decided to do wood carving after I got married. There are now ten artisans helping me and we create designs inspired by Bali's traditional cultures. We use manual tools like mallets, wood saws and chisels to carve acacia, suar and hibiscus woods by hand. By creating these beautifully-detailed sculptures and masks, we'd like to introduce our traditional culture to the world.

I heard about you from my brother-in-law, Made Wirata, who is also a featured artisan. Now, I hope people worldwide will come to know our culture.

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NOVICA was started with a dream to create a better world for artisans, because a better world for artisans is a better world for all.

Along the way, the founders of NOVICA discovered something very important - as artisans around the world succeeded, there was also a visible and profound impact on the communities around them.

Your purchases are that powerful. They directly and indirectly provide for education, help with health care, fund basic needs, support children, preserve disappearing arts, and of course, spread happiness around the world.

The founders of NOVICA had a vision of the future that is not one of mega factories producing cookie cutter products for all to cheaply consume. Instead, a bright future that celebrates artisans who take the time to create an item by hand. A future where time is protected, where stories are told, where unique details are honored. Love, respect, inclusiveness become driving force.

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United States shipping only. Expedited shipping is unavailable. Allow for 1-2 days extra processing time. This product may ship separately from other products in your order and may have longer than normal shipping timelines as it will ship directly from its country of origin.

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