Flying Elephant mobile Crib Guardian Bali hand carved wood Balinese folk Art 8"

$ 29.00

Hand carved in Bali by talented crafts people. Albesia wood is carved and whimsically painted in beige with black with red and black wings. The wings are removable for easy shipping. A fun mobile for your home. Or a great gift for the person who loves elephants!

This type of flying creature is used in Bali to chase away bad spirits from homes and temples. See our store for a wide selection.

  • There may be slight variations in carving and painting. This is not a flaw, but a reflection of the hand crafted origins of this unique product.
  • Will add a whimsical touch to any space!
  • Comes ready to hang with cord and hook.
  • Approx. size: 8"
  • The Flying Winged Spirit Guardians (also sometimes called "Cradle Guardians") myth goes all the way back ancient Majapahit Mythology,  the roots of Balinese culture and art. These Guardian figures are still produced by Balinese artisans today for they have deep cultural & spiritual significance. Typically these carvings have been used in temples or homes since ancient times to ward off evil spirits. They are always hung in a high spot, or if a statue placed on a beam or shelf looking down towards a door or window. Many types may be found from flying angels (known as "Dewi" which means "Goddess" in Balinese), animals or strange hybrids, such as head of a horse head & tail of a fish, or "Gajamina" head of an elephant & tail of a fish.  It is believed that a Flying Guardian placed in ones home or sacred space will drive away evil spirits and protect the premises from harm. 

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