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Chinese Nuo Mask of Xiao Gui

Chinese Nuo Mask of Xiao Gui

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Directory: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Folk Art: Pre 1950: Item # 1182754

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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)