Whimsical Flying Winged Seahorse Is hand carved in Bali by talented village crafts people. Traditional mobiles like this are used as guardians, the Balinese believe chase evil spirits away. Albesia wood is hand carved and painted with teal & red acrylic paint with goldleaf highlights. A fun mobile for your home. I have a few of these to list.
- There may be slight differences due to the hand made nature of this product. They are all equally beautiful.
- Complete with cord and ready to hang.
The wings & head are removable for easy shipping
Hand carved & painted
Approx. size" 21" long head to tail - wing span 12"
Story of Winged Guardians
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 one's home or sacred space will drive away evil spirits and protect the premises from harm.