CHINESE RITUAL MASK 

Origin: Southern China,  Guizhou Province, Dejiang District, Likely Tujia or Miao Ethnic groups  (Provenance: Ex. Joel Greene Collection-San Francisco Bay Area.  See the Interview with Joel in Arts of Asia Vol. 29 number 5 (Sep-Oct 1999), page 52 titled: "Passions and form- Collecting Sculpture) 

Period/Date:  Conservatively early 20th century, most likely 19th century

Materials:  Camphor or willow wood, hair, charcoal paint, iron nails

Dimensions:    Height 9.5"  (24 cm), Width 5.5"  (14 cm), 

Description:   This excellent quality mask was used in the Nuo exorcism performance ritual theater and represents a known deity or other character.  The contoured wrinkles on the face are very deeply carved and it has acquired a dark rich varied patina from long repeated use!  In very good condition with a few plugs of missing hair around the mouth. 

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