Antique Himalayan Primitive Shaman Mask from Nepal
Size: 32cm high, 19cm wide
Himalaya primitive mask of carved wood. Enchased with hair. Likely from the 19th century.
Object literature: Nepalese and Tibetan masks are one of the symbols that best represent the culture and traditions of people living in the Himalayan region. The ritual of wearing masks is very old and comes from animists Himalayan tribes that used to worship spirits of nature and guardians of these majestic mountains. The Shamans of these tribes used to wear masks during rituals they used to perform in order to protect the village, heal diseases or practice exorcisms amongst other purposes.
Object history: Acquired from a Nepalese art dealer in 2011.