A wood Bhairava mask
Nepal, 16th/17th century
Rising from broad shoulders the powerfully modeled face in a ferocious expression with large bulging eyes beneath furled brows centered by the third eye. His copper alloy mouth pierced in the center with fangs encircled by a finely ornamented moustache and beard. His skull tiara centered by a bodhisattva head flanked by nagas and a five-leaf crown before his flaming hair, arranged in two rows of tight curls. The outer band of locks is secured by blossom clips, along with ducks, crescent moon, and skull flanking a central head of a deity at the crest. He is further ornamented by a snake necklace and large hoop earrings.
32 x 25 in. (81.2 x 63.5)
Southeast Asian, Indian and Himalayan Art
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