Lot: 101

86th Tribal Art Auction

Mask for the "cham" dance

North Nepal, Helambu Region

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
H: 8.5 inch 2500 EUR
plus 27 % commission, VAT, transport and insurance

wood, encrusted black patina, pigment remains, pierced eyes, gaping mouth with strong fangs and stuck out tongue, slightly dam., base;
used at buddhist ritual "cham" dance. The Tibetan masks used during this rites stand for gods and demons, as well as animals. They often have an enraged or menacing look, in order to strike terror into evil spirits and to chase them off.