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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


Annotation

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.

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