Anthropomorphic Mask

Anthropomorphic Mask

Wooden mask with spacious forehead characterized by the presence of a quadrangular cavity at the height of the right temple. Thick crusty patina.

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, coatings (resin, earth, sindur).
  • Dimension : 27 x 16 cm
  • Accession No : Inventory number: 70.2003.1.8
  • Country/ Geo-location : Asia - Southern Asia - Nepal
  • Museum : Musée du quai Branly, Paris, France
  • Credit Line : Donor: Marc Petit
  • Status : On view