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Drama Performance for Ritual Ceremony in Southwest ChinaIn the past, people use these masks to perform ‘Nuo Dance’ for ceremonies purposes. ‘Nuo Dance’ is a drama performance that can be traced back to Eastern Zhou Dynasty (770 - 256 B.C.). It is a ritual ceremony to pay tribute to Gods and expel the evil spirits. You will find it difficult to see this dance nowadays, except some occasional performance in the areas inhabited by minority groups living in Southwest China (Guizhou, Hunan, Yunan and Sichuan).
These masks are carved in the shape of either amiable or frightening animal along with a legendary figure. Village people believe these masks could keep away the evil spirits and bring them good luck.
* Chinese Nuo Dance and its Mask is an Intangible Cultural Heritage verified by UNSECO
Item #: GZHANXMJ107
Measurements: approx: 15 x 30 cm
Weight: approx: 350g
Material: Solid Aspen Wood
Production Time: 2 - 3 weeks
Craftsmanship Level: Master Level, 100% hand carved and painted
“This very rare and aboriginal Nuo dance mask is true to life and has a great facial expression - a rare piece worth collecting indeed.”
Our Award Winning Craft MasterOur Craft Master Mr. Yang Ding Kuen was born from a long tradition Opera Mask family. He started his carving since the age of 24, and is already in their 6th generation in this profession. He is in his late 50’s, and had earned numerous awards including the Top Prize for Guizhou Province Arts and Crafts Fair. He is the committee member of Guizhou Arts and Crafts Association, as well as the committee member of UNESCO World Heritage. He had various appearances in magazines and TV art programs, including those hosted by China Central Television.
* THIS NUO DANCE RITUAL MASK IS HANDCRAFTED BY INHERITED MASTER, NOT FACTORY MASS PRODUCED
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