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This mask is the visage of Chitipati - an important character in Tantric Buddhist dances or "cham" as they are known.  The Chitipati is also one of the best known and sought after characters in the mask repertoire of the Monpa people, whose homeland lies in the remote modern Indian state, Arunachal Pradesh. This area is a high Himalayan region bordering Tibet and Bhutan.

 Usually seen in pairs during performances, the skeletal couple known as, Chitipati are depicted as living skeletons. Chitipati are the Lord and Lady of the charnel ground, so to speak. Their wrathful appearance, and leering grin reflect Chitipati's dual nature as important protectors that are invoked in a number of advanced tantric practices, as well as simply being tangible reminders of the transient nature of life and embodied existence. Interestingly in some important tantras the Chitipati are invoked as wealth deities.

ITEM NAME:   Vajrayana Buddhist - Cham dance mask
PRICE:   Email 
STATUS:   Sold
PEOPLE/REGION:    Monpa, Arunachal Pradesh




Circa 19th c / turn of 20th c


7" wide
9" high

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