Very big and beautiful antique lacquered 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.
This particular one still has its original moustache and beard ; very high and beauttiful headdress, very expressive and detailed handwork.
Due to its quality and sophistication, this mask is probably a rare « court » nuo mask which belonged to the same set as M-X1Q. Very good condition, some lacquer missing (see pix). 29 x 17 cms without beard .19th C or before. Rm 144,184,214 ; MC 92,94 (see bibliography)