Mahakala Huge Antique Mask from Nepal


This mask is an antique piece of the Nepalese tradition. Good for connoisseurs.

Huge, very old and powerful mask with a variety of interesting details. Wood carved with dark patina of old pigments. Decorated with drapes of fabrics, glass beads and metal badges.
Body Size:  45 x 70 cm

Pieces such as this are known as "host of ornaments" and are kept in chapels dedicated to the dharmapalas, wrathful protectors of Buddhism. The mouth of the masks is contorted to an angry smile from its corners protrude long fangs. The real focus of this mask is dedicated to the third eye, powerfully represented on the forehead with a carved Buddha face raised in high relief and decorated with a crown of glass beads and a tiara. Coming out of the mouth are five drapes of colored fabrics representing the five affliction of humanity: greed, envy, pride, anger, and ignorance transformed into the five wisdoms (more commonly represented with a crown of five skulls). Five drapes are also coming out from the huge mouth of the mask as to represent the same attitude in mind and behaviour. This mask has many details for further study... metal plates, chains and badges... and also symbols like a scarab, used in mandala as a spirit protector.

Mahakala can be translated as the Great Destroyer, the Great Black One. Considered to be an aspect of the Hindu god Shiva, he defends the Dharma from corruption. Mahakala is a deity that protect by eliminating the obstacles and impure thoughts through our journey to enlightenment. The black colour of his body represents the unchangeable nature of Dharma. 

Mask details:

Period: early 19th century (90/100 years old)
Handcrafted in: Nepal
Material:  carved wood decorated with beads, metal badges and drapes of fabrics
Wearable: yes
Conditions: Good. Signs of the wearing effect of time are to be considered proof of the authenticity of this antique mask.
Availability: This mask is an unique handmade craft. What you see is exactly the item you'll receive. 

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