Himalaya Primitive

"Rootmask, Himalaya, Nepal

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Directory: Archives: Decorative Art: Pre 1990: Item # 1476525

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This kind of Mask is sculpted with minimal work taking advantage of natural deformations. The natural material would be tree roots, at least that is the information provided by the sellers. Some of these masks would however be old and used as burlesque masks during the various festivals. The parts with nodules are preserved with a minimum of modification to represent the eyes and sometimes the mouth. This gives each mask a unique look of puffy, hideous faces. If the ethnic and cultural origin is uncertain, the plastic interest becomes obvious. Very hard wood, Eastern Nepal, H 26 cm