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Nuo Mask

Nuo Mask

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Directory: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Folk Art: Pre 1960: Item # 1081057

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Unusual mask from a Yunnan ethnic minority, possibly Qiang, Hani or Naxi. This piece is quite unique as it is carved from the end culm of a bamboo shoot, a material which I have never seen before for this sort of thing. Nuo rituals amongst the ethnic groups from this region are of an animist and shamanistic nature, I can’t add much more to it than that since the significance is usually specific to a particular shaman or village. This piece is circa 20 - 30 years old and is an authentic ritual mask; there is one minor crack on the jaw aside from that very good condition. H: 14cm/5.5in and W: 10.3cm/4in.