Early-Mid 20th century
20 x 22 cm
I bought this beautiful paper mask in Vietnam when I lived there in the 90s. These masks come from the hill tribes in the northern areas of Vietnam, Laos, Thailand and Burma and are used in divination Taoist ceremonies.
This is a hand painted with natural pigment colors on saa paper. It is worn by a Tao Priest during rituals. The mask, representing a god (such as one of The Three Pure Ones) is actually tied to the forehead of the priest during the ceremony.
This mask was an aid in exorcising evil spirits or
Invoking good spirits for protection. These masks were also worn on during rituals such as funerals and marriages. healing, or repelling evil spirits.
The god represented takes possession of the person wearing the mask.
There is an inscription at the back which might be the name of the owner.
If there is interest, I will provide other details/information available prior to purchase.
Antiques.co.uk Ref: 4JTACQFD
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