Anthropomorphic Mask

Anthropomorphic Mask

Oval mask with square eyes and mouth and pointed nose. High circular shaped cheekbones sculpted in relief at the lateral ends of the face. Ears slightly evoked at the height of the temples, adorned with long fabric earrings with circular metal pendant.Dimensions: Height 24 cm. (face only)

These masks with enigmatic iconography and function are attributed to the non-Buddhist populations of the hills of Nepal (Tamang, Raï or Gurung). Their use has certainly been lost since the beginning of the last century and it is not known whether these faces were those of ancestors, demons or theater characters.

Details

  • Title : Anthropomorphic Mask
  • Year : 19th century
  • Classification : Cultural Objects
  • Medium : Wood with black patina, clay plaster, fabric, metal.
  • Dimension : 27 x 18 cm
  • Accession No : Inventory number: 70.2003.1.9
  • Country/ Geo-location : Asia - Southern Asia - Nepal
  • Culture : Asia - Nepal - Magar
  • Museum : Musée du quai Branly, Paris, France
  • Credit Line : Donor: Marc Petit
  • Status : On view