An old Yao mask from the mountain region of the border of North-Vietnam and China.
The carved wood shows traces of laminated paper (black painted Chinese newspaper paper ). Note that even the nostrils are open. The mask shows the typically "horn" on top of the head. There are some holes from missing nails which fixed once the eyebrows and the beard.
The upper lip shows a tribal repair with some paper.
The mask is very worn and shows also inside traces of wearing. The upper part is little bit fragile.
The Yao people have a rich tradition of shamanist practice. Their masks represent an unbroken link to the past of Asien mountain cultures whose roots back 2000 years. This mask was used from the shamanic priest to exorcise evil spirits or invoke good spirits for protection.
Provenience: from an Australien private collection, Sydney. Since 1998 in my private collection.
- Maschera da sciamano
- Intagliato, laminato
- Carta, Legno
- metà del XX secolo
- Regione/paese d'origine
- Confine Cina / Vietnam
- Yao Tribe
- In discrete condizioni, vedi descrizione
- 320×180×130 mm