wooden figure

Wooden figure (Densu), with three heads and six arms. The figure is depicted dressed in blue apparel, comprising of a short wrap around the lower section and two thin straps over the shoulders, finished with a yellow belt. Running up the chest of the figure is an orange and black snake, with its tail coiling around the back of the figure.
Each of the three heads has near identical features, with red highlights above the eyes and black hair gathered in a topknot. The noticeable difference between the heads, is that the central head’s forehead is decorated with a motif of a snake coiled around a staff in red, whilst other two have red teardrops instead.
Beadwork bands are present, attached around the figure in a number of locations. Attached around the neck of each of the figure’s heads is a necklace of plastic beads, made up of two bands of alternating blue and white beads. These bands of beads are also present on the wrist of each of the six arms, and around the ankles of the figure. Lastly, circling the base of the three necks are four bands of multicoloured plastic beads (yellow, gold, green, white, red, orange, black, opaque, and blue).
There are different objects grasped in each hand of the figure’s six arms. Starting with the proper right-most arm and proceeding round is a brown shell, what appears to be black and white prayer beads, and a trident painted orange. The orange trident is detachable. On the proper left side of the object, starting at the front of the figure, is held a brown walking stick, a yellow donut-shaped object with serrated and tapering edges, and an orange bowl.
The figure is depicted wearing blue and red sandals with black detailing, and is standing on a roughly circular base, which is painted green and yellow.

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