Q: Hope this picture is ok! Just want to know the origin of a mask I bought at a flea market for $20. It is wood and very light. Mickey, 540
A: It is from the Himalayan region, perhaps Nepal or Tibet. It is made for tourists as a decorative souvenir. There are no eye holes and the rear is painted black. I am intrigued by the hairdo, facial wrinkles, and the way the eyelids dip down. Perhaps someone more familiar with that area or the world could identify the character. C+ (corrected 9-10-13)
There are several stories about Shiva assuming the form of Bhairava and cutting off one of the five heads of Brahma… Maybe this a representation of Brahma’s cut off head?