Lot 125: Himalayan / Nepalese Carved Wood Demon Mask

Artemis Gallery

November 7, 2016, 8:00 AM PST
Louisville, CO, US
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Description: Asia, Himalayan or Nepalese, ca. early 20th century CE. A finely carved and painted grimacing demon mask with huge, bulging eyes, a large open mouth bearing teeth, fangs, and tongue, an upturned, snout-like nose with openwork nostrils, and a third eye carved on the forehead. Contributing to the great energy of this piece is a headdress adorned with three skulls positioned between its pointed ears, a dramatically curled mustache and wavy brows, and a collar or jawline finely painted with a sinuous linear pattern framing the lower half of the mouth. Though the colors have darkened, nice red, white, black, green, and gold pigments remain. A wonderful and old example. Size: 7.5" W x 14.5" H (19 cm x 36.8 cm) Provenance: Ex-private Morgan collection, Santa Monica, CA All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids. We ship worldwide and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #114560
Condition Report: Stable crack at jawline and expected surface wear and paint loss commensurate with age. Pigments have darkened a bit. Nice patina.
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