We were so thrilled to find this powerful, scary, yet stunningly beautiful mask.
To state the obvious - it is plentifully studded with dozens and dozens of cabochon coral and turquoise and lapis stones. The 'teeth' are of a white substance - maybe porcelain, glass, or shell.
The metal is quite rigid and appears to be copper. The mask is approx. 12" x 11".
It has both a wire for hanging across the back and a heavy ring at the top. We do not know if this mask was ever meant to be worn in a ceremonial ritual or was always designed to be hung and displayed. Originally, we thought this mask was mid-20th century but now think it is an antique. It is a mask of Dharmapala - protector of the Buddhist faith.
No missing stones. Excellent condition. The metalwork is very 3-dimensional and exhibits signs of hand-hammering. The eye areas are of a silver colored metal that may be inlaid or laminated to the copper base.
The image of this god has been used frequently on stamps from Mongolia also.
The eye holes and nostrils pierce the metal.
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