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Rare "Nuo" Theater Mask of Buddha, China, Early 19th C.

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Folk Art: Pre 1800: Item # 601393

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Mask representing the face of Buddha, wearing a crown on which a stylized representation of Amithaba Buddha, sitting cross-legged in meditation posture, is incised at the center front and framed by an incised floral design. The face of the mask has a severe expression, its eyes are pierced through, its ears are large. Wood, with traces of its original coloring in the recesses. China, 18th century. Height: 11" (27,5 cm). The mask is nicely mounted on a custom metal stand. Obvious signs of long use and great age, old (well made) restoration at the left eye, erosion all over, otherwise very good condition. A rare and unusual piece. NOTE: This mask was probably worn by actors/dancers during "Nuo" theater shows in village festivals.