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 1800s, this piece is among the oldest that I have seen.
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