Himalaya Primitive

Boudhist mask, Tibet or Buthan

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Directory: Archives: Regional Art: Asian: Indian Subcontinent: Himalayas: Pre 1940: Item # 925465

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This a classical mask of the Cham Tibetan theater. The mouth is wide open showing the tongue and frightening teeth. The eyebrows and the eyes are protruding, three skulls on top of the mask give it even more strength. Very precise wood carving, with regular thickness, which is the signature of a great artist. Usually after being carved such mask was coated with a thick pigment and then painted. The original color was white but is now quite faded, turning yellowish, a sign of great age. Age is at least 50 years ( hard to be sure with apinted mask, but 50/80 y is a lmimimum The piece is nicely mounted on a custom metal stand. Height: 13 inches (33 cm), depth: 6 inches (15 cm). Although the coating and painting are flaking in some areas, the overall condition is very good. Note: the snow lion mask, also called "Singue", is a protector mask in Buddhist rituals. During those rituals, the mask was mainly used by lamas, not by lay people. The dancer's head was wrapped with cloth, the mask was worn as a helmet, and the dancer was looking through the mouth.