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20th C. Nepalese Painted Hemp Festival Mask

$595.00
Central Asia, Nepal, 20th century CE. Made from hemp, this is a fascinating festival mask with a pale green visage, heavy eyebrows, and wide, open, red-rimmed eyes. The sides are pierced for suspension. The Himalayan masking tradition is not as well known as those from Africa or Southeastern Asia, and today some of the original information has been lost due to fading oral traditions. Masks like this one relate to indigenous, animist traditions that developed in the harsh, wild environment of the Himalayas, and so they are often representations of local spirits. They were made to be worn in masquerades, glimpsed through light from lamps burning butter as oil. On the back of this example, you can see the woven pattern of the hemp. Size: 8.75" W x 12.5" H (22.2 cm x 31.8 cm)

Condition: Loss to pigment as shown. Lucite display not included.

Provenance: private Colorado, USA collection acquired in Bangkok, Thailand

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