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Lot 3: 18th C. Citipati Indian Wooden Masks - Momento Mori
07 November 2016
Louisville, CO, USA
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Arunichal Pradesh, India or Tibet, ca. 18 th century CE. A pair of very early Citipati (Lord of the Funeral Pyre) masks, each example carved from a single piece of wood, one with simple ovoid eye holes, an openwork orifice that intriguingly depicts the epiglotis, gently contoured facial planes, and a long, straight nose, the other with curved, double eye slits surrounding incised closed eyes, gracefully arched brows, concave facial planes, a jutting toothy grin, an upturned nose, and a triangular motif carved in bas relief upon its forehead. Such masks have been traditionally uses as "memento mori" - a dramatic reminder of the elusive nature of life. Custom stands. Size: each mask measures approximately 6.75" W x 8.25" H (17.1 cm x 21 cm); slightly larger mask measures 15.125" H (38.4 cm) on stand
Provenance: Ex-Private LA County collection
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Condition Report: Both with ecrustation, age cracks, eroded areas, and losses as shown.