Mask of a Female
Item No. 16935
20th Century, N/A, China
Wood with Pigmentation
10.75" x 6.5" x 3.5"
( 27.305 x 16.51 x 8.89 cm)
(H x W x D)
The tradition of mask carving has persisted in China for over a thousand years. Masks such as this were used in Ceremonial Dance (for shamanic rituals to thank the gods, expel bad spirits and ask for blessings; Opera, (used in performances without a stage or backdrop) Weddings and Funerals (to pray for good luck and a lasting marriage), Protecting the Home (depicting “swallowing animals” to protect the home and denoting “swallowing” disaster) and Festivals and Ritual.
This carved mask depicts a smiling female with a slender face and delicate features, her hair tied up in a elaborate top knot. The arched eyebrows, soft lips and cheeks are highlighted with pigmentation.
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