Lot: 15

71st tribal art auction

Mask of "hanuman" ("King of the apes")


Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
Marcia & Irwin Hersey, New York, USA H: 11.2 inch This object is not available anymore.

wood, painted in red, black and white, carved with a moustache, slightly dam., abrasion, small traces of insect caused damage, crack and missing part backside; only little is known about the usage of Nepalese masks. According to field studies there is a category of masks sculpted in the memory of deceased ancestors, a group of masks representing demons, and another group depicting clowns.

Als die Götter noch jung waren, Offenburg 2002, p. 63 Pannier, Francois, Masks of the Himalaya, o.O. 2009, p. 190 f.