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 on the backside (see pix); but overall good condition with expected wear. Hunan, Tujia. 29 x 16 cms. At least 18th C, most likely 17th C, Ming? NM 113; RM 154,208-209,228; MC 42