About this object

Mask, representing a tsen or local deity. Carved and painted wood, red face, gold flame hair, eyebrows etc. Helmet gold with rainbow striped band green lotus, blue and gold jewel for religious dances. wire at back for attachment.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Religion; Performance
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Asia: Southern Asia: Bhutan
  • Date made
    20th Century early
  • Materials
  • 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
    1946 before
  • Measurements
  • Note
    Monks wear masks like this to perform dances during special festivals or tsechu. The mask represents a tsen, a local deity who protects the land and the Buddhist teachings. Red is the symbolic colour of the tsen and they are always warrior-like in appearance.
  • Related people
Object view = Humanities
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