About this object

A large carved and painted wooden dance mask used for religious dances. The face is painted red with gold flaming eyebrows and hair. The helmet gold with a rainbow striped band of green, yellow, blue, red and white which is finished with a green lotus topped with a blue and gold jewel.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Religion; Performance
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Asia: Southern Asia: Bhutan
  • Date made
    20th Century early
  • Materials
    Gilt Metal; Iron; Pigment; Wood
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, World Cultures
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from the collections of Norwich Castle Museum, 1956
  • Collector
    Frederick Marshman Bailey
  • Place collected
    Not recorded
  • Date collected
    1921 - 1928
  • Measurements
    480 mm x 290 mm x 185 mm
  • Note
    Monks wear these masks at a tsechu or religious festival, when they assume the role of a tsen. A tsen is a local deity of the earth, who protects the land and the teachings of Buddhism. The coloured headband is considered an auspicious protection. Possibly collected in Sikkim according to Mrs Bailey.
  • Related people
Object view = Humanities
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