Absolutely amazing Bhairava Shiva mask from Nepal.
Tibetan masks play and important role in traditional Tibetan culture. Before the arrival of Hinduism and Buddhism, various forms of Shamanism dominated the Himalayas. The Shaman would wear these masks to communicate with the ancestral spirits or spirits of nature. When Hinduism and Buddhism replaced Shamanic spirituality the traditional dances and masks remained a part of traditional Himalayan culture and life. However, many of the masks adopted elements of Buddhism or Hinduism, or sometimes both.
This is a mask of the Bhairava Shiva, a fierce manifestation of Shiva representing annihilation and destruction. Destruction is necessary for rebirth and regrowth and is an integral part of the wheel of existence. This manifestation of Shiva is depicted with a crown of skulls and is worshiped in Nepal and even in parts of Tibet, as well as in India.
Original Tibetan ceremonial masks are still used in ceremonial dances in traditional Tibetan villages across the Tibetan and Nepali Himalayas, anAmazing Bhairav Shiva Tibetan Mask | Online Wooden Masksd many are in museums around the world. This is a new piece that was handmade by Tibetan refugee communities in Nepal using traditional techniques and reconstituted stones. This mask was hand carved out of Himalayan Pine, and then inlaid with small pieces of turquoise and other gemstones. Many of the stones used are reconstituted, they are compressed stone powder.
We collected this mask when we were traveling in the Tibetan Himalayas. We work directly with Tibetan refugee communities across the Kathmandu valley and beyond to find authentic Tibetan folk art, this is the most amazing piece that we have found.
Measures 25" x 16.5" x 5"
An absolutely unforgettable pieces of traditional Tibetan folk art. This is by far the most spectacular and amazing piece in our shop. We know it will find a home where it will receive the attention and admiration it deserves.