**Originally Listed At $150**
Central Asia, Nepal, ca. early 20th century CE. Hand-carved from wood, an expressive mask, the elongated visage with openwork almond-shaped eyes, a triangular nose, rectangular mouth, C-shaped ears, and a rolling brow. The temples are pierced for suspension, and a horse hair mustache is adhered to the upper lip area with thick adhesive. 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: 7" W x 10.625" H (17.8 cm x 27 cm).
Provenance: private Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA collection
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