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All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1900 item #1272081 (stock #M-T2H)
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€ 350.00
Nuo mask of Tudi Gong, the "God of soil" and grains, essential in an agrarian country. He is the main actor in Wunuo cult, usually represented with a smiling face, and long eyebrows and beard often missing or replaced later; when missing, we can see holes where the hair was fastened.
Very nice carving and polychromy, beautiful inside patina, very good condition.
These masks among others often used, were recoloured regularly; 22 x 12 cms; end of 19th C. Hunan. NM 53; RM 144,146,...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1920 item #1272077 (stock #D-4D)
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€ 120.00
Old Chinese boxwood compass (luopan, zhinanzhe) used for fengshui (geomancy); covered with beautiful Chinese characters and symbols; beautiful patina with usual wear and tear, L: 9,5 cms, W: 4,5 cms.
It works fine; don't forget that in China, the red pointer indicates the South.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1900 item #1229721 (stock #M-T1C)
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€ 900.00
Big "Bianlian" Nuo mask of Tudi Gong, the "God of soil" and grains, essential in an agrarian country. He is the main actor in Wunuo cult, usually represented with a smiling face, and long eyebrows and beard often missing or replaced later; when missing, we can see holes where the hair was fastened.
Bianlian means face changing: this mask has an articulated jaw which could be animated by the wearer.
Traces of ancient pigments on the cap of this very old and heavy hardwood m...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1900 item #1183640 (stock #M-TK1D)
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€ 500.00
Big "Tunkou" of Kaishan, he who "Opens the mountain", clears it; God of mountains with a terrifying face (horns, fangs) who leads the procession during the ceremony organised for the clearing of a new field or building of a new rice field; his fierce face is intended to repulse the bad spirits (and the dangerous wild animals?).
Tunkou or "Mouth who swallows" the demons, the bad spirits; terrifying mask for hanging on the Nuo temple's door or above the main altar. Some of them for hanging ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1900 item #1183637 (stock #M-L2S)
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€ 300.00
Nuo mask of Tang Shi Tai Po, venerable Tang lady, the Guardian of the peach tree (the peach of immortality); identifiable because she has the" fat face" of the Tang court ladies; backside scratched (for ritual purpose ?); 22x14 cms, end of 19th C. Hunan. (see bibliography)
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1800 item #1183634 (stock #M-J1C)
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€ 700.00
Very old Nuo mask of Bao Gong, Judge Bao, wearing his characteristic and beautiful hat with a kind of knot. Judge Bao is an historical character who lived during the Song dynasty and became the model of justice and integrity.
Severe expression, two "horns", old polychromatic pigments on plaster, remnants of mustache and beard, beautiful patina.
Chips on the back of the chin, the corners of the hat, a very small one on top of the right horn and an old consolidation with a kind of cement o...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1900 item #1183135 (stock #M-SP1S)
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€ 500.00
Nuo mask of the Fish Eater; extremely rare character; good condition; remnants of pigments, backside scratched (for ritual purpose ?). 26x14 cms. 19th C (see bibliography)
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1800 item #1183134 (stock #M-K1Q)
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€ 900.00
Nuo mask of Kaishan, He who "Opens the mountain", clears it; God of mountains with a terrifying face (horns, fangs) who leads the procession during the ceremony organised for the clearing of a new field or building of a new rice field; his fierce face is intended to repulse the bad spirits (and the dangerous wild animals?).
Very old and heavy hardwood mask; 2 fangs and 2 growing horns, tongue, big bulging eyes and big nose; traces of old pigments, very good condition (1 crack on the back...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1800 item #1183133 (stock #M-G1D)
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€ 900.00
Big and rare golden protection mask of Da Jiangjun, the" Great General", for hanging usually near the door, for protection against evils or bad spirits.
Rare representation with a very elaborate headdress (upper part missing); remnants of old pigments; ancient indigenous restoration on both sides (see photos). 31x20 cms. Jiangxi, 18th or 17th C, Ming? RM 181,184,189; MC 184 (see bibliography)
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1950 item #1182754 (stock #M-D1D)
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€ 350.00
Rare Nuo mask of Xiao Gui, the "Little Ghost" with his pointed cap. Half mask designed to facilitate talking and singing. During the Nuo ritual, the whole village wants to capture him because of his malevolent power.
The holes in the eyebrows and around the mouth were used to fasten hair, now missing. 21 x 16 cms. Beg 20th C. Hunan. NM 60; RM 149; MC 58 (see bibliography)
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1900 item #1182747 (stock #M-D3H)
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€ 500.00
Hardwood Nuo mask, big and heavy, representing an unidentified character with a very serene expression. Coat of red lacquering on plaster, long gone around mouth and nose (the red color is generally used to indicate courage, loyalty and devotion).
Very good condition (a few little chips on the back along the edge), very nice inside patina; 26x17 cms. Beginning of 19th C, Hunan. (see bibliography)
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1900 item #1182706 (stock #M-S3-1H)
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€ 750.00
Nuo masks of Tudi Gong and 2 Xiaopo. 2 Xiaopo: small masks for children. Very humorous set of 3, beautiful craftsmanship and nice backside patina.
Tudigong: the "God of soil" and grains, essential in an agrarian country. He is the main actor in Wunuo cult, usually represented with a smiling face, and long eyebrows and beard often missing or replaced later; when missing, we can see holes where the hair was fastened. Chinese character for "happiness" on the cap.
Tudi Xiaopo: "Little God...