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Antique Chinese Nuo Mask of Tudi Gong

Antique Chinese Nuo Mask of Tudi Gong


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Antique Nuo Mask of Tudi Gong, the "God of soil" and grains; fundamental in an agricultural country; usually represented with a smiling face, and long eyebrows and beard; the hair figuring those is often missing, or has been renewed; when missing, we can see the holes where the hair was fastened.
Small mask for children with very high headdress, very nice backside patina, remnants of old polychromia; old native restorations with metal and leather, nick in the left eyebrow; 19x11cms. Beginning of 19th C. or before. NM 53; RM 144, 146, 154, 184, 214; MC 92-99 (see bibliography)