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20th C. Nepalese Wood & Steel Face Mask
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Central Asia, Nepal, ca. mid-20th century CE. A hand-carved wooden face mask intended for wear during ceremonial masquerades, perhaps as a representation of a local spirit. The paddle-shaped vizard features a pair of protruding tubular eyes, a sloped nose with perforated nostrils, a rectangular mouth with bar-shaped teeth, and slender steel panels pinned along the chin, upper lip, forehead, and lower mask periphery. Lengths of twisted animal hair are secured beneath the steel panels to act as facial hair and a coiffure, and remains of decorative red pigment are visible along the obverse. Two perforations along the verso show how the mask was worn on one's head. Size: 9.1" W x 13.125" H (23.1 cm x 33.3 cm)

Provenance: ex-private Bishop Family Trust collection, the Trust of the late Bill Bishop, a noted antiquarian with shops in Scottsdale, Arizona and Allenspark, Colorado, USA, acquired before 2010

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Condition
Losses, tearing, and fraying to some facial hair cords as shown, with a perforation on either side of nose, and chipping around peripheries along verso. Slight bending and oxidation to steel panels, with some steel pins raised, fading to pigment, and light staining across brow. Nice preservation to facial form. String stretching across verso for mounting and display purposes. Fragmentary Nepalese wax import seal present on verso.
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20th C. Nepalese Wood & Steel Face Mask

Estimate $700 - $1,050
Oct 09, 2022
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Starting Price $350
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0051: 20th C. Nepalese Wood & Steel Face Mask
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Est. $700 - $1,050Starting Price $350
Asian, Ancient, Ethno, Fine Art
Oct 09, 2022 12:00 PM EDT
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Lot 0051 Details
Description
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Central Asia, Nepal, ca. mid-20th century CE. A hand-carved wooden face mask intended for wear during ceremonial masquerades, perhaps as a representation of a local spirit. The paddle-shaped vizard features a pair of protruding tubular eyes, a sloped nose with perforated nostrils, a rectangular mouth with bar-shaped teeth, and slender steel panels pinned along the chin, upper lip, forehead, and lower mask periphery. Lengths of twisted animal hair are secured beneath the steel panels to act as facial hair and a coiffure, and remains of decorative red pigment are visible along the obverse. Two perforations along the verso show how the mask was worn on one's head. Size: 9.1" W x 13.125" H (23.1 cm x 33.3 cm)

Provenance: ex-private Bishop Family Trust collection, the Trust of the late Bill Bishop, a noted antiquarian with shops in Scottsdale, Arizona and Allenspark, Colorado, USA, acquired before 2010

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 to most countries and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience.

#172920
Condition
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Losses, tearing, and fraying to some facial hair cords as shown, with a perforation on either side of nose, and chipping around peripheries along verso. Slight bending and oxidation to steel panels, with some steel pins raised, fading to pigment, and light staining across brow. Nice preservation to facial form. String stretching across verso for mounting and display purposes. Fragmentary Nepalese wax import seal present on verso.
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