19th c. Yao/Mien Taoist Mask
The Mien of Thailand and Laos today follow Taoism as it was practiced in China in the 13th and 14th centuries. This is a rare handpainted saa paper mask worn by a Tao Priest (Sip Mien Mien) during Mien rituals. The mask, representing a God in the Taoist pantheon, is actually tied to the forehead of the priest during the ceremony. The mask is finely painted and is in good condition, having only wear from years of devotional use.
Measurements: 8 1/2" (21.6 cm) wide 10 1/2" (26.7 cm) long
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