About this object

A large teardrop-shaped mask with a dark blue face. The stylized face is decorated with cowrie shells and tin Buddhist symbols. The face is finished with a white and brown beard and the nose is attached with two stitches allowing it to be folded for travel. The face is framed by a headdress in silk brocade, which has an applique silk flaming jewel finial and trailing streamers attached to it from white metal endless knots.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Mask; Performance
  • Culture
    Tibetan
  • Artist/Maker
    Choeden Dorje
  • Place made
    Asia: Southern Asia: India: Himachal Pradesh: Dharamsala: Mcleod Ganj
  • Date made
    2011
  • Materials
    Textile Silk; Yarn Silk; Bead; White Metal; Tin; Fibre Textile Cotton; Fibre Yarn Cotton; Cowrie; Synthetic Textile; Plastic
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Commissioned from Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts, 2012. Funded by the Molly Tomlinson Bequest.
  • Collector
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place collected
    Asia: Southern Asia: India: Himachal Pradesh: Dharamsala: Mcleod Ganj
  • Date collected
    2012-04
  • Measurements
    940 mm x 502 mm
  • Note
    Curator's note: The rNgon pa (Ngonpa) translated as Fisherman or Hunter, is an auspicious character in a lce lham mo (ache lhamo) or Tibetan Opera, who appears at the beginning of an opera or at certain auspicious moments throughout.

    The mount is stored with the mask.
  • Related people
    Choeden Dorje (Artist/maker)
Object view = Humanities
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