**Originally Listed At $300**
Central Asia, Nepal, ca. 19th century CE. Hand-carved from wood, an expressive mask, the elongated ovoid visage with openwork rectangular eyes, a protruding aquiline nose with openwork nostrils, and an openwork rectangular mouth. The temples are pierced for suspension. The Himalayan masking tradition is not as well known as those from Africa or Southeastern Asia, and today some of the original information has been lost due to fading oral traditions. Masks like this one relate to indigenous, animist traditions that developed in the harsh, wild environment of the Himalayas, and so they are often representations of local spirits. They were made to be worn in masquerades, glimpsed through light from lamps burning butter as oil. Size: 5.625" W x 10.625" H (14.3 cm x 27 cm)
Provenance: private Colorado, USA collection acquired in Bangkok, Thailand
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