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Shan Shaman’s Mortar

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Southeast Asian: Folk Art: Pre 1920: Item # 1317402

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Very unusual mortar made from a monkeys skull from the Shan State, Burma. As is the case in much of Southeast Asia, indigenous animist “spirit doctors” play an important role in Shan society and were not at odds with the local Buddhist Yuan sect as they believed these individuals were “monks” of a sort, imbued with magical powers. Potions for healing as well as creams smeared on the body for protection in battle would have been mixed and ground in this. The center of the mortar has been ground to a rough surface after many years of grinding up herbs and other things I probably don’t want to know about. Circa 50 to 100 years old. Excellent condition, with a fine naturally worn patina. W: 105cm/4.1in and L: 11.5cm/4.5in.