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Asia Week New York 2022:
Thomas Murray

Fanged Mask
Monpa or Sherdukpen, Arunachal Pradesh or Bhutan
Wood, pigment
19th/early 20th Century
9 in/23 cm

This striking mask is extremely well carved and displays significant age. The image seems to convey the impression of a bat/vampire type creature of the night. This is a fine example of the type of mask found in what was formerly known as the NE Indian Frontier where the borders of Bhutan and Arunachal Pradesh meet.