Superb Yao Ceremonial Mask
Masks such as these are worn by priests during ceremonies as a part of the ritualistic assumption of higher powers.
Estimated to be from the late 1700s - early 1800s.
Note the multilayered handmade paper base.
Note also the crown and the fine details of the eyebrows and moustache in the painting.
Every element of this piece including the construction is a testimony of its age.
The condition of this artwork is commensurate with its age and is proportional to the deep usage and engagement it must have seen in the lives of the community
19 x 15 cm
This item has spent a lifetime being used for the purpose of its creation with the original artist/user. Signs of this life lived heartily may be present on the piece in the form of stains, thread loss, loose threads, holes, tears, color run and other imperfections. Therefore the condition must be assumed to be “not” perfect. More photos of such imperfections will be provided on request.