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  Cham masks

 

China

Lacquered and painted Tibetan masks used in Cham, i.e. sacred dances performed to exorcise evil in which dancers dress up as ferocious demons wearing wraithlike masks, usually decorated with miniature skulls.

 

The masks shown here also have a third eye between the eyebrows. The mask above is believed to be the face of Vajrapani, while the one on the right represents Chagna Dorje, his consort.

 

  Cham masks