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Antique Chinese Nuo Mask of Tudi Gong.

Antique Chinese Nuo Mask of Tudi Gong.

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Folk Art: Pre 1900: Item # 1343926

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Very big and beautiful antique lacquered 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.
This particular one still has its original moustache and beard ; very high and beauttiful headdress, very expressive and detailed handwork.
Due to its quality and sophistication, this mask is probably a rare « court » nuo mask which belonged in the same set that M-X1Q. Very good condition, some lacquer missing (see pix). 29 x 17 cms .19th C or before. Rm 144,184,214 ; MC 92,94 (see bibliography)