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Lot 0046
Arunichal Pradesh, India or Tibet, ca. 18 th century CE. A very early Citipati (Lord of the Funeral Pyre) mask, carved from a single piece of wood, with curved, double eye slits surrounding incised closed eyes, gracefully arched brows, concave facial planes, a jutting toothy grin, an upturned nose, and a triangular motif carved in bas relief upon its forehead. Size: 6.75" W x 8.25" H (17.1 cm x 21 cm); slightly larger mask measures 15.125" H (38.4 cm) on stand

Such masks have been traditionally uses as "memento mori" - a dramatic reminder of the elusive nature of life. Custom stands.

Provenance: Ex-Private LA County collection

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Both with ecrustation, age cracks, eroded areas, and losses as shown.

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18th C. Indian Wood Citipati Mask - Momento Mori

Estimate $500 - $700Feb 9, 2017
Louisville, CO, USA