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Antique Chinese Nuo Mask of Tudi Gong

Antique Chinese Nuo Mask of Tudi Gong

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Nuo mask of Tudi Gong, the "God of soil" and grains, essential in an agrarian country. He is the main actor in Wunuo cult, usually represented with a smiling face, and long eyebrows and beard often missing or replaced later; when missing, we can see holes where the hair was fastened.
Very nice carving and polychromy, beautiful inside patina, very good condition.
These masks among others often used, were recoloured regularly; 22 x 12 cms; end of 19th C. Hunan. NM 53; RM 144,146,154,184,214; MC 69,92-99 (see bibliography).