Lot 24
 
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20th century
Kerala

Height: 11 in (27.9 cm)
Width: 7.5 in (19 cm)
Depth: 7 in (17.8 cm)


This intricately painted teak wood head, depicts one of the many styles of elaborate facial makeup that form an integral part of traditional Theyyam dance performances in Kerala. Theyyam is a socio-religious performance and form of ritual worship practiced for several centuries in Northern Kerala to propitiate the gods, ancestral spirits and heroes. Theyyam is said to have more than 400 forms, each with a unique name and story to tell. The performers, who are made-up from head to toe and wear oversized headgear, masks, breast plates, skirts and arm ornaments, spend hours preparing themselves for the ritual.




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  Lot 24 of 75  

24-HOUR AUCTION: INDIAN FOLK AND TRIBAL ART AND OBJECTS
21-22 AUGUST 2012

Estimate
$465 - 650
Rs 25,000 - 35,000

RESERVE NOT MET













 



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