Ethnographic Art and Collectibles
Here is a rarity. Balinese traditional dance masks assuming the form of a Native American transformation mask. What you first see is a Barong demon who opens up revealing the spirit of Dalem. This is the work of a professional Balinese carver who was experimenting with something different back in the late 20th century when they were first hired to reproduce NWC masks for export to the US and Canada. Note the careful antiquing. Balinese professional carver.
Vanth is an Etruscan goddess of the Underworld whose presence indicates recent or impending death. Many Etruscan goddesses were shown with wings, but with Vanth they seem to be an integral part of her character. Sometimes her wings are painted with eyes, perhaps to represent all-seeing and inevitable death. She is depicted as partner to Kharun, the Etruscan version of the Greek god Charon, the Underworld guardian.
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Africa | Limbondo ~ "Chokwe", Zambia. | ©Francois d’Elbee || Commenting about his study on the Chokwe masks : “..in the context of ritual initiation, ancestral spirits may assume the form of masks to assist in transmitting knowledge of history down through the generations. These ancestral spirits are known as Makishi and maybe seen as the masked dancers. They “rise up from the grave” and are central to any study characterizing the ritual art, history and ancient language of the Chokwe…”
Citipati “Lord of the Cemetery” Matched Pair, Tibet or Bhutan, Wood, pigments, 19th/early 20th Century Ex Roger Hollander Collection, Published: Masks of Fabled Lands, 2009 plate 63, 8 in/20 cm. Tibetan Buddhist teachings prepare one throughout life ...
Citipati “Lord of the Cemetery” Matched Pair, Tibet or Bhutan,19th/early 20th Century