Lot: 23

77th tribal art auction

Dance mask "fagli"

India, Himachal Pradesh, Kullu Valley

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
Ingrid Richter, Bergisch Gladbach, Germany H: 11.4 inch 1400 EUR
plus 27 % commission, VAT, transport and insurance

wood, blackish brown patina, vaulted, asymmetrical arranged eyes, carved with fangs, a stylized snake with two heads framing the face in flat relief, headband with incised geometrical ornaments, eyebrows, moustache and chin beard inserted with animal hair, slightly dam. (nose tip, chin), rep. (breakage mouth/chin area), bunches of animal hair missing;
these masks represent deities. They have been used during local ceremonies and dancing performances and are connected with local archaic traditions and hinduistic influence.

Himalaya Masques, Suilly-la-Tour 2007, p. 63 ff.