Large (24 INCHES) hand-carved wooden mask depicting Narasimha from south India. Narasimha is an avatar of Lord Vishnu; he is described as a man with a lions head. Narasimha is a significant iconic symbol of creative resistance, hope against odds, victory over persecution, and destruction of evil. He is the destructor of not only external evil, but also one's own inner evil of "body, speech, and mind".
Masks like this Narasimha are worn by actors in dramatic plays that were presented during Hindu religious festivals in southern India.
This huge mask has aged nicely over time and retains a powerful feel of spiritual presence. It has some scratches, chips and minor losses. This helps declare the age, and adds character and charm to this spiritual piece. This mask is an important part of India's history, art, and religion. These type of masks with this age is getting very difficult to find other than in museums. It would be an excellent addition for a collector, or a spiritual piece for a home shrine. Please have a good look at all the pictures of this marvelous mask as part of the description.
AGE: 19th C.
SIZE: 24" x 11" x 8" (INCHES)