CHINESE RITUAL MASK
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.