This 19th century carving depicts the spirit of a mountain deer. The belief in nats, or nature spirits, dates back to the 11th century. Nat simply means ‘lord’ and different nats had dominion over pieces of land or the people of a village. This carving was likely made as a protective device for the home.
|Full Name||head of a nat (spirit)|
|Common Name||wood carving|
|Material||antlers; leather; quartz; pigment|
|Collection class||Religion and magic|
|Function name||likely protective device|