Lot 31
 
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Wood and glass

20th century
Kerala

Height: 12 in (30 cm)
Width: 8 in (20 cm)
Depth: 7 in (17.5 cm)



Bhutas are spirits or supernatural beings that exist in various forms and are worshipped by devotees out of both respect and fear. In northern Kerala and coastal areas of Karnataka, bhutas often represent spirits of local heroes and animals, and play several important roles in the daily life of the villagers. They may be benevolent or malevolent, and can either bless or punish. In these areas, bhuta worship is particularly theatrical, and during worship rituals, devotees connect directly with bhutas through the 'spirit mediums' that don their masks and come to embody them. This bhuta mask represents the spirit of the tiger and is used for ritual and processional purposes.




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  Lot 31 of 75  

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

Estimate
Rs 20,000 - 30,000
$375 - 560

Winning Bid
Rs 24,000
$444
(Inclusive of Buyer's Premium)










 



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