Set of 2 River Stone Dowry Gifts from Papua
SYMBOLS OF PROSPERITY AND LOVE
This beautiful set of statues was hand carved in black river stone as per ancient techniques by local artisans on the island of Papua.
The dowries are shaped like coins to symbolize prosperity. Statues like these were used in marriage proposals since the people of Papua believed that the marriage would be as sturdy as the stone they used as the dowry.
Dowry is an ancient custom that continue to be expected and demanded as a condition to accept a marriage proposal in Papua. It’s a transfer of parental property, gifts, or money at the marriage of a daughter, transferred from the bride's family to the groom or his family. The custom of dowry is most common in cultures that expect women to reside with or near their husband's family.
The set comes complete with black metal stands and its story printed out for you inside a beautiful envelope. Being handmade each piece is very slightly different.
Dimensions: Large dowry: ca 40 x 52 x 12cm with the stand, medium dowry: ca 30 x 42 x 10cm with the stand