India & Himalayas

Primitive Himalayan mask

Q: I recently acquired 4 masks from a tiny antique shop in Mcleod Ganj, India. The woman selling them didn’t have much of an idea about them. She claimed they were collected by her grandfather, in Tibet. My wife speaks is Tibetan and spoke with her about them. She said she had around 300 to begin with, but now all were gone save a few. I would like to send you all four of those I purchase. The first here I paid USD$40. David, 1674

A: This is a carved wood mask to be used for Buddhist ritual dance in Nepal or Southern Tibet. It may have been worn a few times. Note the slight stains at the top and bottom of the rear. Also, there appear to be holes for a mouth bar. I’ll be glad to look at pictures of the other three. Bob

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