This Thai spirit house features hand-carved functional doors and windows, a stairway and balcony, with a large lower-level walled platform patio. A shingled roof and elegant cornice and fascia carvings complete the realistic detailing.
A spirit house is a shrine to provide shelter for animist spirits which otherwise might cause mischief for humans if not appeased. Common throughout Southeast Asia, most houses and businesses have a spirit house placed in an auspicious spot selected by a Buddhist monk. Food, incense or other offerings are placed at the house to satisfy the spirits. Small figures representing deceased elders are often placed inside the house. Usually designed in the form of a miniature house or temple, these hand-crafted wooden shrines are rich with hand-carved architectural detail.
- Small: 18"h x 12"d x 11"w
- Large: 30"h x 24"h x 20"w
We travel the world on the lookout for functional pieces that age and wear have transformed into art. These original rustic pieces reflect the tradition, design skills and quality local materials combined to solve everyday transportation, construction and domestic necessities throughout different eras and cultures.