Ancestral Figures (Gandaos) from Kafiristan
Carved wooden ancestral figures (gandaos), of figures riding horses and sitting on thrones. From Kafiristan (Nuristan, AFG and Chitral, PAK).
These figures are placed outside the wooden box graves of the deceased at the graveyard. Equestrian figures are male. Seated ones are female. Locals offered food, bows and arrows and placed these gifts before the figures once a year so that they could hunt wild goats.
The first figure in the second row from left and the first figure from the last row from left are from Nuristan, Afghanistan. The rest are from Chitral, Pakistan. Made between the 19th and 21st century.
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