Himalaya Primitive

Supra antique Himalayan mask, West  Nepal

Supra antique Himalayan mask, West Nepal

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Indian Subcontinent: Himalayas: Pre 1837 VR: Item # 756345

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A rough but extremely old Himalayan mask, just the eyes are wide open and underlined by a thin carved line, the mouth just shows carved teeth, the noose is flat . Part of the face of the mask has been eaten by insects. The bottom of the mask shows either a goiter or an handle, however this mask was bearing holes on the sides and one this hole is now worn out. This mask has been for sure collected from communities where Bothia people are mixed with hindu casts in the very remote district of Simikot in Western Nepal. The inside has been roughly carved, it is likely among the oldest Himalayan mask (possibly around 200 y), I had ever seen, probably from the same origin than the pair shown also in this site under N 688496. Except the damage made by the insects which are seen only on the outside face probably the soft part of the wood, the mask is still in very good condition considering its very great age possibly over 200y. Height 15 ¾ inches ( 40 cm). The mask is presented on an iron stand.