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Demon Mask, Nuo Theater, China, Early 19th C.

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Pre 1837 VR: Item # 1243423

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Rare half-mask of the esoteric Nuo theater representing a demon. Wood, with numerous perforations around the top of the forehead, above the eyes and below the nose in order to represent the hair, eyebrows and mustache. The mask was lacquered originally. It suffered an old accident which split it in two from top to bottom, but was restored a long time ago and locally with resin. Though the mask is more fragile than a mask without any accident, it is nevertheless strong enough now. The piece is very old, early 19th century. Its height: 8 7/16" (21,5 cm). It is nicely mounted on a custom metal stand.