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Antique Chinese Hanging Protection Mask of Kaishan

Antique Chinese Hanging Protection Mask of Kaishan


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Big "Tunkou" of Kaishan, he who "Opens the mountain", clears it; God of mountains with a terrifying face (horns, fangs) who leads the procession during the ceremony organised for the clearing of a new field or building of a new rice field; his fierce face is intended to repulse the bad spirits (and the dangerous wild animals?).
Tunkou or "Mouth who swallows" the demons, the bad spirits; terrifying mask for hanging on the Nuo temple's door or above the main altar. Some of them for hanging outside the house, near the door, for protection against evils or bad spirits.
2 horns, 4 fangs (1 partly broken, see picture 5), big bulging eyes and big nose, fierce expression; very primitive. A few cracks and chips, but overall good condition with expected wear (mainly on top). 34x27 cms. Sichuan, 19th C or before. RM 73,74; MC 62 (see bibliography)