Anthropomorphic Mask

Anthropomorphic Mask

Circular mask, probably carved from a natural form of wood (knot or root). Facial features sculpted with a centripetal technique towards the location of the nose, hollow out.Dimensions: Height 24 cm.

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 brown patina
  • Dimension : 25 x 18 x 8 cm
  • Accession No : Inventory number: 70.2003.1.11
  • Country/ Geo-location : Asia - Southern Asia - Nepal
  • Museum : Musée du quai Branly, Paris, France
  • Credit Line : Donor: Marc Petit
  • Status : On view