HIMALAYAN MASKS, NEPAL OR TIBET
Two:; Late 19th/Early 20th c.; Carved wood, hair; 10" x 6" x 3", 13" x 8" x 5"; Provenance; Allan Stone Collection, New York
Sale Price: $2,000
Estimate: $500 - $900
In the Himalayan region of Nepal and Tibet the tradition of wearing masks descends from animistic tribes who worshiped the spirit guardians of the mountains. Shamans - the intermediators between the human and spirit worlds - wore masks like these during rituals meant to protect their villages, heal disease or exorcise evil. Animist masks were also used also during theatrical representations and ceremonies dedicated to ancestors.