Lot: 4

Shaivite processional mask

India, Karnataka

Provenance Size Hammer price
H: 9.4 inch 400 EUR

metal (copper alloy), base

Such masks were mounted on wooden shafts and carried during religious processionals and other annual deity fairs. The present mask represents a wrathful aspect of Shiva and was meant to deter evil.

Shaivism (or Shivaism) includes those branches of Hinduism in which Shiva plays the central role as the supreme deity and universal being.